In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Fierce Green Scotch Bonnet Pesto.

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During the summer months I grow a lot of different varieties of extremely hot peppers, so I’m always looking for ways to put them to use. While I’ve never seen a recipe like this, the end results were just stunning. Based on the traditional way of making a basil pesto, however I’m putting a fiery Caribbean twist to things. So you can expect the Caribbean sunshine (scotch bonnet peppers) to really shine through. Be warned.. this is not your grandma’s pesto.


You’ll Need…

10-15 Scotch Bonnet Peppers (mostly green ones)
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 cloves garlic
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup cilantro
1/2 lemon (juice)

Note! The flavors of the green scotch bonnet peppers are significantly different than fully mature and ripe ones. It’s not as fiery and there’s a freshness about the overall flavor. I did toss in a couple red one (ripe) to the pesto to give it a bit of speckled contract to all the green.

Toss in the pine-nuts and garlic in the food processor or blender and pulse for about 30 seconds. You do have the option of dry toasting the pine nuts first, but I honestly don’t see the need.

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Then give everything else a rough chop and add to the food processor.

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Go in with the olive oil and lemon juice and puree until relatively smooth. You can always adjust the texture to your own liking. Do keep in mind that while I used the seeds of the peppers, you can discard them to tone down the heat level a bit.

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And just like that you’ve made an amazing Scotch Bonnet Pesto.. and you can tell your friends that Chris kinda invented this unique take on a peppersauce.

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Store in an airtight container in the fridge for a couple weeks. I’ll have a wicked shrimp recipe using this Scotch Bonnet pesto coming up in the next week or so. Stay tuned.

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