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Recipe: Tomatoes with Basil Pesto

I like to serve sliced tomatoes with basil pesto drizzled over them… they make a perfect appetizer… or even a side dish to a meal. It's a perfect accompaniment to Parmesan Chicken (Milanese). I like to serve the chicken with a small salad made up simply of baby greens drizzled with a vinaigrette.

You can also alternate slices of fresh mozzarella…. I usually only do that as an appetizer… when it’s a side dish, I keep it simple with just the tomatoes.

I didn’t list quantities in the recipe… it all depends on how many servings you need. Figure one medium tomato per person.

I posted the basil pesto recipe previously.



Recipe: Tomatoes with Basil Pesto

All you need:

Tomatoes, sliced
Basil Pesto

For the Basil Pesto:

3 cups fresh basil leaves
½ cup pine nuts
3 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup Parmesan cheese
½ cup olive oil
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

All you need to do:

Slice the tomatoes and arrange on a plate.

Drizzle the pesto down the center of the tomatoes.

For the Basil Pesto:

Place basil leaves, pine nuts and garlic in a food processor.

Pulse until well chopped and incorporated.

Slowly pour olive oil into the processor while it is running.

Pour the mixture in a bowl and add the Parmesan cheese. Mix well.

Add salt and pepper to taste.


Judy November 10, 2009 at 9:38 AM  

tomatoes and pesto go so well together, great combo.

highlandsranchfoodie November 10, 2009 at 1:25 PM  

Great idea. When I have a countertop full of tomatoes from the garden, I always serve them sliced with whatever salad dressing I have around. I've never tried the Pesto! Thanks for the post.

Linda November 10, 2009 at 7:43 PM  

This is a family favorite!


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