Readers who follow my blog know I adore kale.
Truly, I eat it every day all winter long—steamed and drizzled with olive oil. Recently, the calendar flipped into June, and although it is still spring, temperatures are warming and soon kale will be too bitter to enjoy. Just in the nick of time, I still find huge bundles of sweet kale at the farmer’s market and today I decided to make one of my favorite dishes—pesto. Why not kale pesto? Indeed, this dish will knock your socks off.
Diane’s Recipe for Fresh Kale Pesto
Find a large bunch of fresh kale. Strip the leaves off the vein and tear leaves into pieces. Rinse kale, while bringing a pot of water to a boil. In a large bowl, add cold water and a few scoops of ice cubes. Set this bowl near the pot of boiling water. When water is boiling, add kale in batches and blanch for 30-45 seconds, or until kale is bright green. Using a spider, lift blanched kale out and plunge into the bowl of ice water. Repeat process until all kale is blanched and iced.
Squeeze iced kale with hands and place all kale into the bowl of a food processor. Add 3/4 C sliced almonds, 1/2 C pecans, 1 t. fine sea salt, black pepper to taste, 1/2 C virgin olive oil, juice from a whole fresh lime ( I use a citrus press), and pulse entire contents, scraping sides of bowl a few times during processing. Add additional olive oil until smooth consistency is achieved.
Meanwhile, boil your favorite pasta, reusing the blanching water. In this instance I used a combination of organic Casarecce and linguine. When pasta is al dente, remove it from the water using the spider. DO NOT RINSE. SAVE hot pasta water.
Mix pesto into pasta, adding additional olive oil and a few tablespoons of pasta water to dish until desired consistency is reached. Add a large knob of room temperature sweet butter and gently toss adding freshly grated Parmesan just before serving.
I promise this recipe will make a believer out of you. A real tasty dish that will have your friends talking. Serve with your favorite beverage, crusty bread, and sexy tomatoes if in season. Serves 6. Also nice cold as a left over…
PS I adore pesto and make three signature pestos from home-grown herbs: French tarragon with pecans, chive artichoke with walnuts in the early spring, and classic basil with walnuts during the summer months. This new kale pesto rounds out my repertoire and I hope you will enjoy them all. There is more to life than basil pesto!
Copyright © 2013 by Diane LaSauce All Rights Reserved