This Cilantro and Green Chili Pesto recipe is a kind of convenience food for cilantro lovers. Easy to make with a food processor.
How do you keep cilantro fresh?
Fresh cilantro seems to have a short shelf-life in my refrigerator. Often, I buy it for one recipe with high hopes to use it in many others. But before long, it turns dark and is better suited for an over-the-hill party than my dinner table.
Given the above, transforming a bunch of cilantro leaves into pesto is my best solution. It will keep in the refrigerator for several days and the freezer for several months.
A zippered plastic bag is my container of choice. The snack size is my favorite.
Add 1-3 tablespoons to the bag. Gently mash bag into a flattened shape, push out the air, and finally, seal. After it’s frozen, it will be easy to break off or shape it into little patties that defrost quickly.
Can I freeze pesto?
Alternately, pour the pesto into ice cube trays. When frozen, release from tray and store in plastic bags.
What can I do with cilantro pesto?
Add this concentrated cilantro flavor to a bowl of rice or pasta. Or stir it into Greek yogurt for a delicious dip or salad dressing.
How about spreading it over a raw pizza crust, sprinkle with Mozzarella cheese and some pre-cooked fajita chicken for a quick pizza? Makes a quick and delicious pizza.
How to make Cilantro and Green Chili Pesto:
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- 4 ounces fresh cilantro (2 bunches) with large stems trimmed
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2/3 cup toasted almonds
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup green chilies
- 1 fresh jalapeno, seeded
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
- salt and pepper
- Add cleaned and dried cilantro, olive oil, almonds, green chilies, and jalapeno to bowl of food processor or blender. Pulse and process until fairly smooth.
- Add Parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper.
Freezes well. Place in 1-quart plastic freezer bag, seal and mash flat which makes it easy to break off a piece as needed, even when frozen.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 111 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 3mg Sodium: 107mg Carbohydrates: 2g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Protein: 2g
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