Thanks to Hamilton Beach for sponsoring this Basil Pesto Hostess Gift idea and giveaway today. #sponsored
Basil Pesto is one of my most favorite things to make. It’s quick, easy, and delicious on pasta, garlic bread, sandwiches and just about anything else you can think of!
Hamilton Beach sent me a Stack and Snap™ 10 Cup Food Processor to review, and not a moment too soon, since my cheap food processor from my first apartment was on it’s last blade! I love the size – it’s great for making a lot or a little, but doesn’t take up a ton of counter space.
The first thing I made with it was my Olive Tapenade Crostini, and it worked beautifully. It’s easy to take apart and clean, too – a huge plus in my mind. (By the way, this would be another great hostess gift!)
The next day, I shredded carrots and zucchini for my Beef and Veggie Potstickers – it made the prep work so fast and easy! For the final test, I knew I wanted to make delicious pesto – one of my all-time favorite things to make! I started with fresh sweet Italian basil. (Good quality fresh ingredients make all the difference when you’re making something like pesto.) My old food processor didn’t handle pulsing foods of difference textures together well, but the Stack and Snap™ 10 Cup Food Processor made quick work of it, and the mixture was perfectly smooth. Here’s how to make the pesto:
- 4 cups packed fresh basil leaves
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
- 1-1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Romano cheese
- Wash and pat dry the basil.
- To the food processor, add the basil, pine nuts, and garlic. Pulse while drizzling in the olive oil.
- When all the oil has been added, process until the mixture is smooth.
- Pour the basil mixture into a mixing bowl and stir in the cheeses.
- To gift, package into two pint size jars, or one quart size jar. Store pesto in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
This basil pesto has just the right amount of Parmesan and Romano cheese and garlic to compliment the basil. Pick up a loaf of freshly baked French bread, a bottle of wine and gift your hostess (or host) with a jar of this delicious pesto to accompany it. They’ll be sure to thank you! Add a pretty ribbon and cute gift tag to really dress it up (don’t you love those personalized tags? They’re from Pick Your Plum).
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