I love to make pesto, but I hate to pay four dollars for a container of organic basil leaves that will make a single meal of pesto. That’s expensive and insane in my eyes when I know how fast and easy basil grows in the right conditions. So, what’s a girl to do when she loves making pesto? I shop at my local Asian grocery store and purchase a big bag of basil for $1.00.
The first time I worried that the different variety of basil would make the pesto taste different. Thai basil is most likely the type I purchased and it has a different taste than traditional basil. I took the plunge, made my homemade pesto with the basil I purchased. I used the traditional garlic, pine nuts, olive oil and parmesan cheese and my pesto tasted just as amazing as any I’ve made in the past. Of course the basil I purchased is not organic like the basil I grew in my backyard but for a three dollars savings I can use non organic for the time being until growing my own becomes an option.
A Pesto Mozzarella and Tomato Panini
Fresh mozzarella in water (sliced)
Cuban Bread, sliced in half
Slice your mozzarella, tomatoes and bread. Spread a thick layer of pesto on each slice of your bread. Top this with slices of fresh mozzarella, sliced tomato and press in your panini press or panini pan with a little olive oil. These are delicious and make a nice easy meal on a summer day.