This past weekend we went to a friend’s house for a cookout. They asked we bring an appetizer or a side- I wanted to make something delicious and visually appealing, using what I had in my kitchen.
We had the last of a large quantity of tomatoes that were so delicious they were begging to be eaten, so I decided…that’s it! That will be the basis of the recipe. And I began rooting thought the fridge/pantry.
My basil outside was starting to get woody and Zara LOVES pesto, so I figured this would be as good of a time as any to use the last of the tomatoes with the last of the basil.
This is what you need;
3 medium tomatoes, sliced thick
2 cups fresh basil
2 tbsp olive oil
3 garlic cloves
1 tbsp Romano cheese, grated
1/2 lemon, squeezed
1/2 tbsp coarse salt
2 tbsp walnuts (or pine nuts, or almonds)
Slice your tomatoes thick and lay them on a serving plate accordion style.
In a cuisinart, add oil, garlic and walnuts. Pulse until coarsely blended.
Add basil, lemon, salt and cheese. Pulse until finely blended, adding more oil if needed and taste to determine if more salt is required.
Gently spoon pesto over tomatoes in a line (or in a snake as Zara put it). Add a splash of oil to make the tomatoes glisten.
That’s it! Easy, fresh end of summer appetizer!