Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sun-Dried Tomatoes, How I Love Thee

If you're wondering what that orange stuff is in the jar, it's the SDT-soaked olive oil that solidified after being in the fridge.

Once upon a trip to Costco, I bought a giant jar of sun-dried tomatoes on a whim. After using them off and on throughout our six years of marriage (not this exact jar, mind you) my husband finally tells me that he doesn't like them. He doesn't like chewing on a chunk of one, but he likes the flavor it gives the dish that they're in.

Soooo. . .

I threw a third of the jar into the food processor with some Romano cheese and pine nuts and made pesto. And because I had a big bowl of pesto, I tried to find uses for it over the next couple of weeks. Here are a few of the things I came up with:

Creamy Chicken & Sun-Dried Tomato Fettucine
Balsamic Grilled Chicken Salad with Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette
Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus
Sun-Dried Tomato Tuna Melts
Spinach, Bacon, & Feta Pizza with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

The giant jar is empty. Husband is happy.


Easy Homemade Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
by Natalie

2 cups oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, sliced thinly (I bought mine julienne)
1 cup shredded fresh Parmesan or Romano cheese
1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed

Combine tomatoes, cheese, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse/blend until thoroughly combined. Drizzle a little oil in if it gets to thick to process.

Makes about 2 1/2 - 3 cups of pesto.

Nat's Notes:
1. I thought the tomatoes did a great job of providing flavor, but feel free to add garlic and fresh herbs as you see fit.

2. To toast pine nuts, place them in a dry skillet over medium heat and toast them for 4-5 minutes or until they become fragrant and turn golden brown.

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  1. Whoa! This sounds delicious. I have not tried making this sort of pesto, but I will now.
    (...and I know exactly what you felt when you learned that someone doesn't like to eat something you've been making for years!LOL!)

  2. Oh man, sounds SO good! I've never had it either... but I've been loving your sun-dried tomato recipes and definitely have to try this!


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