My taste buds craved the perfect balance of brightness and heat, so I improvised with a few basic ingredients to create an Asian-inspired cilantro pesto. What I love about pesto is that you don’t have to be to precise about your ingredients. Like garlic? Add a ton of garlic! Add cheese to make it creamy or more oil so that it soaks well into sandwich bread. It’s done best when suited to your taste.
I served my pesto over Japanese wheat noodles. They have a nice bite that pairs well with the boldness of these flavors. Now tell me your pesto secrets!
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes
Makes 2 servings
- a handful of peanuts
- the whole darned bunch of cilantro leaves
- juice of half a lime
- about a tablespoon of sesame oil
- a clove of raw garlic. Back off vampire trend!
- a few splashes of Sriracha
Combine all the above in a handy mini-chopper and you’re done.
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