Walnut Pesto

Walnut Pesto

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Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups walnuts, toasted and ground
  • 1 tablespoon shallots, minced
  • 1 tablespoon smooth Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (some can be walnut oil, if desired)
  • 1/2 cup grated hard white cheddar cheese (or other hard white cheese)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a mortar and pestle, place ground walnuts, Dijon, red wine vinegar, shallots, a pinch of salt and black pepper, cheese.
  2. Start to slowly pour in the oil mixture while pounding with the pestle. A thick paste should develop that resembles a traditional pesto.
  3. Add chopped sage, and adjust seasoning to taste.