By: Gigi Howe
I’m lucky that I am able to grow a few basil plants each year which give me nice harvest. I use some of the basil during the summer but I also freeze quite a bit (just the leaves). In the winter months when I want to make some tomato sauce, I can grab some of the basil from the freezer and throw it in the pot.
One of my favorite summer basil recipes is a pesto spread. If you like pesto sauce, you will like this. You use mayonnaise, olive oil, grated cheese and garlic. I am a huge fan of garlic and with this recipe you can add as much garlic as you think you can handle! I have a few friends who are as much of a garlic freak as I am, I’ve made this recipe for them and I can really load up on those cloves. We never have to worry about vampires 😉
I love this Pesto Mayo with grilled vegetables. You can put the mayo on some Italian bread or French bread, then add some grilled vegetables and you really have a great meal. I like using grilled eggplant and red peppers. Its not a meal for meat-lovers but its just about one of my favorite suppers. I’m sure it would taste good on any kind of a sandwich, but my preference is with vegetables.
– Basil leaves – about 10 – 20
– 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
– 1 – 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
– 1/4 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
– Garlic – depends on your love for garlic. 😉
– Salt and pepper to taste
1. Put all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth. If the mixture seems too thick, you can add more olive oil.
2. Spread on bread. Nice with grilled vegetables.