kale pesto

kale has been a superfood on the rise for a while now. and there’s good reason – it’s packed with nutrients and when properly prepared, it’s delicious. a lot of people think that kale is bitter and when eaten raw it typically is (but i’m kinda weird and i love raw kale). my favorite way to eat kale in the winter is to steam it then sprinkle it with salt, pepper and parmesan cheese.

i stumbled across a kale pesto recipe and tonight i adapted the recipe to make my own version of kale pesto.

step 1: bring a pot of water to a boil and de-stem the kale. steam the kale leafs for several minutes, until limp.

bring a pot of water to a boil and de-stem the kale.

steam kale for several minutes, until limp.

steam kale for several minutes, until limp. (steam with the pot lid on, unlike the picture)

gather pine nuts, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese. and a blender.

gather pine nuts, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese. and a blender.

blend it! the puree cycle works well if your blender has one.

put all the ingredients in the blender, liquids first. blend it! the puree cycle works well if your blender has one.

personal blender rule: when occupied with good food, don't open the blender unless it's unplugged.

personal blender rule: when occupied with good food, don’t open the blender unless it’s unplugged.

jar it! and enjoy. goes well on pasta or can be used as a dip.

jar it! and enjoy. goes well on pasta or can be used as a dip. makes about 3/4 of a pint jar.

Kale Pesto

bunch of kale (5-10 leafs)

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

1/4 cup pine nuts

3 teaspoons lemon juice

4-5 cloves of garlic

salt and pepper to taste

bring a pot of water to a boil. de-stem kale. steam kale leafs for several minutes, until limp (works best if you have some sort of steaming basket).

add all ingredients to a blender, putting the olive oil and lemon juice first and the kale last. you will need to press the kale down with a spatula so that the blender blades can chop everything up. blend on the puree (or similar) cycle. you may need to unplug the blender and push the ingredients down then continue blending so that it becomes a puree. add more olive oil if necessary.

makes about 3/4 of a pint jar. enjoy on pasta or with crackers.

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