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Old 11-10-2010, 05:35 AM   #21
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peanuts alternate of pine nuts

Q: peanuts can be used making pesto, alternate of pine nuts or walnuts?
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Old 11-10-2010, 09:08 AM   #22
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You can use any nut. I like to use pistachios.
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Old 11-10-2010, 10:45 AM   #23
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I love pesto and have collected a bunch of recipes for different kinds.

My question is: why does pesto always include nuts of some kind? Just another flavor twist? Something to do with emulsification?

Inquiring minds plus the idly curious want to know!

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There is no easy answer. In France, the same basic sauce is called Pistou, and there are no nuts in it. Ever.
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Old 11-10-2010, 01:23 PM   #24
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A bit off, but not quite -

If you have extra pesto, and extra sun dried tomato pesto, layer them in an 8" cheesecake pan (lined with saran wrap), this way: cream cheese, basil pesto, cream cheese, sun-dried, cream cheese, basil pesto, cream cheese, sun-dried, cream cheese.
Chill in the frige a couple of hours till set, then unmold and serve with good crackers. It's a gorgeous presentation, and it tastes great too. I believe it's called an Italian Flag Torte. (but I call it using up leftovers!)
OMG....this could actually cause me to make pesto!! I hope you'll put this in with the recipes jkath!! It would be a shame to loose it. With those colors,
I can just see this on the Christmas appetizer table.
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Old 11-10-2010, 04:43 PM   #25
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me too !
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Old 11-11-2010, 03:41 PM   #26
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I plant @16-20 basil plants every year to make piles of pesto. This year as I was harvesting my basil I couldn't buy a pine nut to save my life. None to be found in my area! I almost tried pistachios but used slivered almonds instead since I had them on hand, and while I prefer my pesto with pine nuts, the toasted almonds made a tasty substitute.
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Old 11-11-2010, 04:15 PM   #27
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I plant @16-20 basil plants every year to make piles of pesto. This year as I was harvesting my basil I couldn't buy a pine nut to save my life. None to be found in my area! I almost tried pistachios but used slivered almonds instead since I had them on hand, and while I prefer my pesto with pine nuts, the toasted almonds made a tasty substitute.
I have also heard of walnuts being used instead of the pine nuts.
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I have also heard of walnuts being used instead of the pine nuts.
I like walnuts especially when I am using flat-leaf parsley in the pesto. they go really well together.
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Old 11-11-2010, 06:03 PM   #29
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I also started using walnuts instead of pine nuts.
They're cheaper and healthier and the difference
in flavor is not that detectable to matter much.
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I also started using walnuts instead of pine nuts.
They're cheaper and healthier and the difference
in flavor is not that detectable to matter much.
Seconded.

Walnuts are healthier?
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