Our friend Viviane Bauquet Farre
rightly calls basil pesto “the Grande Dame of pesto sauces.” But Viviane - the culinary brainchild behind the e-magazine and recipe club food & style
- is quick to note other herbs “make wonderful versions of this classic Genoese sauce” - including her arugula pesto featured here. (Click here to see the recipe.
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Photo by Viviane Bauquet Farre of http://foodandstyle.com/[/caption]“Arugula is a bit spunky by nature and has a distinct spicy flavor – two things that make it an excellent candidate for a unique pesto,” Viviane says.She recommends using the sauce with pasta, gnocchi, grilled vegetables, fish or chicken, on pizzas, in vinaigrettes, in sandwiches, or as a dipping sauce.The arugula pesto, by the way, is much like basil pesto: garlic, nuts (in this case almonds versus pine nuts), freshly grated Reggiano-Parmesan, freshly grated Pecorino-Romano, and extra virgin olive oil. (Click here to see the recipe.
)Viviane recommends using our Everyday Fresh oil
or - my own personal favorite - our robust Miller’s Blend
. “I have used both with wonderful results!” she tells us.One last note: You can refrigerate the pesto for up to three days, or freeze it for up to a month.Bon appétit,California Olive Ranch Master Miller Bob Singletary