Whether you want to combine both these into one dish or you want to spread the love, the choice is yours. But I truly ask you to give both these options a try!
The first one is a spinach pesto – I love pestos but I am not too crazy about basil, so most pesto recipes are a turn-off for me. I had some fresh spinach at home and I thought I would use that as a starting point for my pesto. I love coriander so I added some of that and thinking green – I also added a chopped green chilli (seeds and all).
So here is the recipe
1 bunch cleaned and roughly chopped spinach
15 – 20 sprigs of coriander
1 green chilli
salt to taste
a small amount of water
you can add some grated Parmesan and peeled almonds or cashews for richer, creamier texture
Just put everything into the food processor and pulse it until it is smooth – you can add some water if it is too dry.
And you have it! Spinach Pesto
You can use the spinach pesto in any number of ways.
You can use it as a marinade for chicken and vegetables – for this you swap the water with olive oil.
2. Spaghetti Sauce
You can use it as a sauce on your spaghetti – which is what I did
3. Green Biryani
Or you might want to mix it into rice, giving you a green rice and you can add pine nuts and paneer or ricotta cubes into the rice.
4. Palak / Indian Spinach
Yet another way will be to cook the spinach pesto in sauteed onions and garlic until it thickens (you can add some cream to it if you like) and eat it with toast or chappati or even naan.
Now let’s talk poultry. I used 4 chicken breasts, I butterflied them and then hammered them down with a food mallet to get thinner meat but larger area to work with.
I just put a grated moza/cheddar mix on half of the piece and folded it over and then pan fried the chicken. I just sprinkled salt and black pepper on both sides – It was amazing! The bits of cheese that escaped became golden brown in the oil and it was so goooood.
Alternatively, if you are not using the spinach pesto for pasta or rice, you can use it in the chicken. Keep the pesto thick, mix with grated cheese and fill half the chicken while folding over the other half.
If you have any difficulty keeping it folded over, use a skewer or a toothpick to keep it tight.
I really hope you will try this recipe. My version yesterday was Whole Meal Pasta in Spinach Sauce and Chicken Stuffed with Cheese – try this or any other version mentioned or share with me something that you would have done with the spinach pesto.
After writing this post, I was adding categories, when I realised with the versatility of the spinach pesto, I might as well create a category called “Fusion” categorise it in there.
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