Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

Jennifer .

"I’ll admit, for weeks I did not know what this R post would contain. I had no idea what to make, but with a delightful foodie gift from a friend yesterday, it all became clear. I was given scapes, curly tendrils of green that come up from hard necked garlic plants, and presto, my pesto thoughts ran wild. This is a really nice dip that is fast and easy to make. It’s a great alternative to guacamole or a sour cream based dip. I roasted red peppers on the grill (but you can keep it easy and get a jar of roasted reds if you prefer, just drain first), peeled and seeded them. Then I put the peppers, GO-On Tap Basil EVOO, chopped scapes, freshly grated parm cheese, roasted walnuts, a pinch salt and ground black pepper into my food processor. Done. Easy. Delicious. The scapes bring a lovely soft garlic flavor profile to the pesto versus a sharper, more pungent raw garlic clove hit. If you’d prefer, add fresh basil to the mix. You can add chili flake for a kickier dip as well. Garlic Mushroom, Spanish Signature or even the Blood Orange EVOOs from Grapes & Olives On Tap would be nice options instead of the Basil EVOO that I used. If you’re watching carbs, this would be great spooned over roasted cauliflower. Or, spoon over softened, cream cheese and dip crackers into. As always, honor your appetite. Play with your food."

Roasted Red Pepper Pesto