A member was asking for ideas for red potatoes, & I remembered making this one awhile back. I used 8 small reds, & ready made/store bought pesto. You can adjust the amounts to your liking. The potatoes can be served as a side dish (I served them with lemon chicken), or as an appy -- fill the potato cups with ingredients other than pesto, i.e. caviar & a dollop of sour cream.
*Note to Mods - I don't recall the source, but if the recipe exists somewhere, sorry. Replace with a link as you see fit. Thanks.
Pesto Potato Cups
18 baby red potatoes
1 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 cup Red Wine Vinegar
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 peeled garlic cloves
Salt and pepper, to taste
Scrub potatoes, cut each potato in half, and place in boiling water. Cook until fork-tender.
Meanwhile, in a food processor combine basil, olive oil, 3 Tbl. red wine vinegar, 6 Tbl. pine nuts, 4 Tbl. Parmesan cheese and garlic. Process until blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Drain potatoes, and when cool enough to handle, scoop out a small amount from each potato half to form a cup. Sprinkle with remaining vinegar and toss to coat.
Fill each potato half with pesto, sprinkle with remaining pine nuts and Parmesan cheese. Serve warm or room temperature.
Here is a link for other Pesto fillings - Artichoke and Lemon or Sun-Dried Tomato are a few alternatives to use in place of the basil.
Another filling for the reds as a party appy - salmon & dill -- lots of possibilities.