Saturday, April 6, 2013

Walnut Beet Pesto

One of the trendy things this spring seems to be beet pesto. Since beets are the foundation of a Polish kitchen, I thought that I would give it a try. It is fantastic - fresh, flavorful and as zingy as a back-alley jazz band.. Simple and I didn't even need to run to the store, I had everything that I needed. Because of all of this, beet pesto has earned go-to status in my kitchen.

Walnut Beet Pesto
Serves about 4

1 medium beet, scrubbed
1 lemon, halved
1/2 cup walnut halves
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
1 extra large garlic clove, peeled and halved
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4-1/3 cup walnut oil

Trim root end of beet and rub with olive oil. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F (176°c) for an hour. Let stand until cool, then peel and cube.

   Transfer cubed beet to a food processor; squeeze in juice from lemon. Add the walnuts, rosemary, garlic and salt. Cover and process until blended, scraping down sides occasionally. While processing, gradually stream in the walnut oil. Serve with pasta or as desired.

Walnut Beet Pesto Grilled Cheese
Nine hundred and ninety nine other uses for beet pesto:

1. Spread in a grilled cheese
2. On a mix of baby salad greens, arugula and roasted sweet potato and sprinkled with feta
3. As a burger topper
4. Spread on a bratwurst
5. With a grilled steak
6. Topping a grilled pork chop
7. On a baked sweet potato
8. Spread over garlic crostini and sprinkled with fresh goat cheese
9. On your breakfast cereal...



  1. I am going to go see if I can find some beets!!

  2. We love beets! This sounds pretty darned good.

  3. I hope ya'll give it a try! It's also fantastic spread on rice cakes with a side of green olives..