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Old 04-04-2019, 12:29 PM   #1
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Nuts choices for Pesto

I have a big bunch of basil and am thinking of making pesto. I don't have any pine nuts however and frankly they are very expensive. Can I use some other kind of nut for pesto?

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Old 04-04-2019, 12:31 PM   #2
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I always suggest that people use cashews, because they have a mild, buttery flavor similar to pine nuts.
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Old 04-04-2019, 12:43 PM   #3
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Cashews are a good idea and I could pick some up. Currently I have these in my freezer:
walnuts
pecans
almonds
pistachios (not many however - maybe 1/2 C)


Any thoughts about these?
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Old 04-04-2019, 12:46 PM   #4
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I've made pesto several times with pistachios. It really tastes good, I recommend it.
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Old 04-04-2019, 01:08 PM   #5
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I'd use pecans, just because they're my favorite They would crush up more easily than almonds. I'm sure pistachios would be good, too; I haven't tried it.
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Old 04-04-2019, 02:22 PM   #6
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Ive used both walnuts and cashews with no issues. Both come out great every time.
And its to the point that I can't even remember the last time I made pesto with pine nuts.

Im actually making a sun dried tomato/ pepper pesto tonight with cashews. ( supposed to be made with hazel nuts, but dont have them on hand)
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I usually use walnuts. I have also used pecans, but they usually cost more than walnuts around here.
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I don’t make pesto often. In fact, I think I haven’t made it since I lived in Japan. But I did have a really interesting and tasty sauce in a restaurant that was made with sunflower seeds
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Old 04-04-2019, 02:57 PM   #9
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I don’t make pesto often. In fact, I think I haven’t made it since I lived in Japan. But I did have a really interesting and tasty sauce in a restaurant that was made with sunflower seeds
Ive done a sunflower seed pesto in the past too and was very good ( thanks for reminding me, I almost forgot about it).
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Old 04-04-2019, 06:36 PM   #10
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I have a walnut tree and make walnut pesto. Walnuts work with olive oil but I've also used walnut oil that I get at Trader Joe's. Never hear a complaint either way.
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Old 04-04-2019, 06:44 PM   #11
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Ive got basil for Africa ATM. We are still growing it. Last time I made with pine nuts, daughter didn't like the pine nuts so I then went to make it again with walnuts but they were rancid so I threw them out, I ended up using cashews, it's a hit here. I will still try walnuts though. I also made some pasta sauce with my glut of basil, and froze it.

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