I’m not one to pick up a cherry tomato and pop it in my mouth. To be honest, most of my tomato consumption only happens when they are cooked. But this pesto? This pesto is an exception. This pesto is not only my new favorite way to eat raw tomatoes, it is my new favorite way to eat tomatoes, period.
And not only does the flavor of the pesto rock, it is quite possibly the easiest thing I have ever made. Throw all the ingredients in the food processor and in a few seconds your done. Kind of reminds me of an infomercial. No, but really, I made this on my lunch break to jazz up a piece of boring chicken breast. And now I am totally hooked.
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3/4 pound cherry tomatoes
12 large fresh basil leaves
1/3 cup salted toasted almonds
1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
1-2 tsp coarse salt
Using a blender or food processor, purée the tomatoes, basil, almonds, garlic, 1 to 2 teaspoons salt for about 1 minute. Scrape down the bowl. With the machine on, pour in the remaining oil in a steady stream to emulsify.
Since I have loads of this pesto in my fridge and freezer (because it does make a bundle) I’m looking forward to trying it on everything from pizza to pasta and beyond. It is a great way to add a new twist to an old favorite. Or in my case, a creative way to use up your cherry tomatoes.
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