Roasted Garlic Basil Pesto

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Greek BAsilWhat a great day!  Chopped down four of my seven greek basil columns for Roasted Garlic Basil Pesto and Basil infused olive oil.  Here’s the recipe.  I toasted pecans and used them instead of pine nuts.  And I had a counter garlic roaster, which saved a lot of time!

1 head garlic
2 teaspoons olive oil
4 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 -5 sprigs fresh Italian parsley
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
lemon wedge
salt (to taste)
black pepper (to taste)Directions:
1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2 Cut top 1/3 off of garlic head; peel away paper skin to thin layer or 2 surrounding the cloves.
3  Place in small ovenproof dish; drizzle top with 2 teaspoons of olive oil.
4 Cover with foil and bake in preheated oven for 70 minutes; allow to cool.
5 Squeeze garlic out of the paper skin into a small bowl; set aside.
6 Place half the basil in a blender; add 1/2 the extra virgin olive oil, garlic, parsley, pine nuts, salt, pepper, and the remaining basil, the other half of the oil, and pulse until blended.
7 Remove mixture to a bowl; add the parmesan and juice from lemon wedge and mix well.
8 Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

The recipe came from here.  Thanks goodness for my little garlic roaster!  Went through five heads of garlic today.

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