Friday, September 17, 2010

Garden to Table Challenge - week 5

...still more peppers going on. This week, I made a jalapeno pesto. I got this recipe from some website a couple years ago - wish I could give credit where it's due, but I scribbled the recipe down and didn't make note of where it came from. I found that grilling the jalapenos really tamed the spice, so my generous use of this delicious stuff was tasty and manageable. Instead of the number of jalapenos suggested below, I used about 12 of my own small tam jalapenos. Rather than grilling these little firecrackers, I broiled them in my toaster oven.

Jalapeno pesto ingredients: 1 1/2 cups cilantro, 6 grilled jalapenos (brush with oil and season with salt and pepper before grilling till charred), 2 garlic cloves, 2 T pine nuts, salt and pepper, 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil.

The jalapeno pesto was used on the quesadillas below. I don't make quesadillas nearly enough. They're so easy, and you can really incorporate just about anything you have harvested from the garden.

The leftover jalapeno pesto also added some green to the proscuitto, fresh mozzerella, and black krim tomato sandwiches below. This is one of my favorite sandwiches of all time - especially when the tomatoes are drizzled with a bit of balsamic vinegar.

What are you harvesting and eating this week? Do tell! Please link or comment below...


  1. That looks delicious. Thanks for sharing:)

  2. Fabulous....the pesto sounds fantastic wit the!! Beautiful post!So cool you are doing a blog!!

  3. Looks delicious! Wish I grew jalapenos this year...

  4. Oh my goodness, both of those sound amazing!

  5. I love peppers!Look so delicious and I bet taste good too:)

  6. I made this tomato pie earlier in the summer. My garden is basically done. so I liked up with something I made when my tomatoes were more abundant.

  7. Jalepeno pesto quesadillas? You are a harvest genius! Maybe I'll be the first to grow jalepenos in Alaska;)

    The veggie plot at the Last Frontier Garden is pathetic: two cabbages and three celery plants the slugs have pillaged.

    Christine in Alaska

  8. This looks extremely delicious and it is mouth-watering! I am posting lotus seeds and mooncakes. Again the lotus pods are not from my garden but from lotus ponds.

  9. I want a recipe for those quesadillas. I guess pesto can be made with just about anything green, but this one sounds fabulous.

  10. The jalapeno pesto looks great in both dishes. I think I'll have to try it.

  11. Thanks for visiting everyone!!

    Ricki - no recipe necessary for quesadillas - at least for what I make, which is sufficient. Just tortilla in a pan with a little oil, add your stuff, add some cheese, another tortilla on top, flip carefully, brown other side, done. :)

  12. Jalapeno pesto, now why didn't I think of that?!? What a fabulous twist on the traditional basil pesto. Thanks for the idea and the recipe!

  13. I love pesto and makes mine fresh using sweet basil leaves, parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and olive oil. My kids love quesadilla. They are going to love your pesto version. I'm going to make it this week for sure!

  14. A gardening blog
    I seem to have entered
    and found how to stuff me
    from my head to my toes
    I'm way out of my league
    with all these things,
    coming from the ground
    It's a terrible shame
    in here I can't use my nose

  15. Hi Wendy,
    You have come up with some luscious looking recipes! I am loving fresh mozzarella lately. It is dangerously addictive.

    That was a crazy story you shared about the Rush tickets. And what a bargain price. Nowadays you have to forfeit food for a week to buy tickets!

    I haven't dared to enter any site with a Malware warning. It's a darn shame and I think it may be because of something going on with blogger. Let's hope they fix it soon.

    I am going to come back to your blog after I get my get my post up for this week's challenge.


  16. Well, I am sorry I messed up that first entry. The second one is the REAL one. I am glad I got it right on the second try, how embarrasing.
    Thanks for being such a great hostess!
    Ta ta Miss Wendy!

  17. That does sound like a great way to use jalapenos. I need to try that since the one thing that has flourished in my garden is the hot peppers. Sorry I haven't linked in, I haven't been making meals lately, we seem to grab something here and there. Myhusuband was out of town and I have had a bad cold. Hopefully next week. That sandwich does sound good. You have such great ideas for easy meals.

  18. That jalapeno pesto looks delicious! Sorry, I'm so behind on blogging. Will post my boring GOT entry tonight. I haven't been doing much cooking. LOL!


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