Basil is a plant referred as "holy herb" in many traditions in the world. In the Orthodox religion, the priests sprinkle the holy water over the altar and using a bunch of dried basil. In my childhood, my mother has never used basil in her cooking since it was the holly herb, it was almost a sin to eat it. It took me a while to incorporate it in my cooking and since this year the basil in my Houston garden is gloriously growing I decided to try some basil pesto.
Prepared and Photographed by: Claudia Davis
Recipe Source: Adapted from Food Network
- 2 packed cups of sweet basil leaves
- 2 cloves of garlic
- ⅔ cup of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese
- juice from 1 lemon
- ⅓ cup of pecans or walnuts
- salt and pepper to taste
- Place the ingredients o a food processor and pulse until smooth.
- Put in a bowl and serve with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
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