Six years ago I posted a few ideas, and I came up with a tofu-based recipe in 2008. But I wanted something different today, and kid-friendly, so I turned to the "scape pesto" idea. "Pesto" means "paste" in Italian. In Southern France the same thing is called "Pistou." It usually involves basil and olive oil, but one can definitely swap things around.
|I put the scapes into the food processor--maybe about 10 scapes here|
|Add 1/2 cup walnuts|
|Do a rough chop of scapes walnuts before adding olive oil|
|Drizzle in olive oil with the food processor on, maybe 1/2 cup. Think emulsification. Add salt too.|
|After over a minute of blending and scraping down, things are starting to look more creamy|
|I slathered a bunch of pesto on the bottom of a baking dish|
|Three chicken breasts (tenderloins removed) go on top|
|Cover chicken breasts with more pesto. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes--or more!|
You pesto-philes might be asking--where's the cheese? I decided not to add any parmesan to this recipe because I didn't want it to burn as I baked the chicken.
Do you have a great scape recipe? Do you make your own pesto?