Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Chard Pesto

This recipe is just one more reason to love Swiss chard. Pesto is an obsession with me. One of my favorite pestos for sandwiches is spinach pesto so it didn't take me long to wonder how a Swiss chard pesto would turn out. Of course it is yummy. I know that all you chard growers out there have copious amounts of chard. I know you are thinking how can I use up this overflowing bounty. Pesto my fellow chard growers, PESTO!
And pesto can be frozen in tablespoon portions in an ice cube tray and then placed in a freezer bag for use all year.

First I need to give chard its moment in the sun. If you do not grow this stuff you should. It has a longer growing season than spinach, and is slower to bolt. It can withstand the warm weather. It is bursting with nutrients and it is as versatile as spinach in recipes. In some cases, more so. It is not as tender as spinach but it holds up better to steaming and can be stuffed beautifully. OK enough already, you get the point I love chard. Just don't overdo it in you garden because it will overwhelm you.

This pesto has a lemony tang that I just love smeared onto a piece of heavy bread. Top it with tomatoes and you have the perfect summer sandwich.

Pesto Chard
2 Cups lightly packed chard, torn and ribs removed
1/4 cup toasted walnuts
2 tsp fresh lemon zest.
2 Tb fresh lemon juice or 1/2 lemon
1/4 to 1/3 Cup olive oil
1/8 to 1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/3 Cup fresh shredded parmesan cheese

Process chard, walnuts, lemon zest and lemon juice until paste starts to form. Gradually add oil and blend until creamy.

Stir in parmesan cheese and salt and pepper.

Freeze in ice cube trays for individual portions or store in the refrigerator for up to a week.


The Housewife said...

I never would have thought of using chard for pesto but how innovative! :)

Noelle said...

Sounds delicious! Great idea!

Cook with Madin said...

I love chard, but never had pesto chard. This looks great, and I would love to try them. Thank you for sharing.

Rachel J said...

As soon as I saw this post title, I was in! I haven't played with pestos in a while but I do love it and this twist is just too good to pass up. Thanks!

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Just look at that terrific green color. I think I would adore pesto made out of just about anything but this is certainly a new take. I can't wait to try it!

Chef Tess said...

Freakin' YES! That looks amazing!!

Claudia said...

I love pesto in every shape and form - the ideaof swiss chard pesto is inspired! And looks mouth-watering.


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