Recipe Chef: Patricia Blecha
Recipe Name: Cilantro Pesto Rice
Type of Cuisine: California French
Food Category: Side Dish
A fresh and flavorful way to prepare rice as a side to fresh fish.
4 cups water
1 bunch fresh cilantro
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cups steamed jasmine rice
Salt, to taste
White pepper, to taste
1. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan and blanch the cilantro for thirty seconds. Remove and dunk the cilantro in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Remove and squeeze out the excess water. Next, toast the pine nuts in a skillet over medium heat.
2. Put cilantro, pine nuts, garlic clove, olive oil in a food processor or blender and pulse or blend into a course paste consistency. You don't want it too fine, you want some texture.
3. At this point you are going to mix pesto into the steamed jasmine rice until it is thorougly combined. Season to taste with salt and white pepper.
Great with any fish. At the Forbes Island we serve it with pan-seared wild salmon and ginger lemongrass cream sauce.
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