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Ways to use pesto without pasta

I have a couple beautiful pineapple sage plants that smell amazing and I'm thinking of making a type of pesto (more of a sauce since no cheese) with them. Before I do that, though, I'm wondering what I can do with it once its made. I cannot eat potatoes and most pastas, or dairy.
So, any suggestions of what to do with a pesto type sauce? Thanks in advance!

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  1. Can you have any gluten? If you can't eat pasta but can eat bread, you can make pinwheel pesto buns, or use the pesto on a pzza dough. Also you can put it on fish or chicken and bake it.

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    1. re: cookieluvntasha

      We use spinach/basil pesto as a sort of condiment on sandwiches - think muffalettas w/out the tapenade.

      1. re: shanagain

        Exactly, I mix some with mayo on salami sandwiches. Or mix in with softened butter for flavored butters to use on steamed or grilled vegetables.

        Also make it a little loose, and it can be a condiment for steaks (think chimichurri) and grilled chicken, as well as a vinaigrette, just add your favorite vinegar to it.

        1. re: Phurstluv

          Also good in hummus, come to think of it. (I wonder how many of us will be making pesto today? Because now I'm craving corn on the cob with a pesto butter in a big way!)

    2. serve it over grilled polenta
      stuff it under the skin of chicken or turkey and grill or roast
      use over fresh tomatoes and corn for salad, or stuff cherry tomatoes with it
      mix with olive oil over shrimp
      mix with mayo and slather on salmon steaks ( i know it sounds weird, but i use mayo like this all the time)
      mix into deviled eggs
      serve over roasted eggplants and zucchini
      use as a garnish for white gazpacho

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      1. re: hotoynoodle

        The tomato and corn salad with pesto sounds amazing!
        What is white gazpacho?

      2. pesto is fantastic in 'dinner eggs' - i make soft scrambled eggs with asparagus, shrimp and a dollop of pesto for a quick, comforting meal

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        1. re: jmullen1251

          What a great idea - I eat eggs for dinner all the time, but never thought of putting pesto on them. Too bad asparagus is out of season, but I'll sub in zucchini, of which I have plenty. Thanks!

        2. You can coat boneless chicken breasts with pesto and grill them. If you can eat mayo, mix a little pesto and mayo together to coat a toasted roll, add some juicy sliced tomato and some greens, and you have a tasty, easy sandwich.

          1. I roast veggies and then when done toss them with pesto.

            I also adore grilled cheese and tomato and pesto sandwiches. Preferably with sourdough.

            It is really good on chicken either after cooked or partially cooked, shmear with pesto and then with parm or mozz cheese. YUM

            1. Thanks so much for all the suggestions everyone! I love the idea of tossing it with shrimp or chicken. I can eat gluten in small quantities so it's generally easier not to, and my mind was blanking on using this kind of sauce without pasta or cheese. Guess I'm going to be making some pesto this weekend. Yay!

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              1. re: ScarletB

                Rancho Gordo (of the great heirloom beans) has a recipe for beans, shrimp and pesto that is simply delicious.


              2. Pesto is also great tossed with green beans (blanched) and cherry tomatoes.

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                1. re: cheesecake17

                  Yum! Wish my green beans were doing better this year. I'll pick some up at the farmer's market this weekend. Last year we had a crazy abundance of green beans in our yard and ate them almost every day and really relished it. Great suggestion!

                  1. re: ScarletB

                    Enjoy! I also had a white bean and pesto spread that I really liked.

                    1. re: cheesecake17

                      Second the green beans & tomatoes. Try it on roasted mushrooms!

                    2. I'm not a fan of pesto with pasta, but I adore it with pork chops! I chop up garlic (a good amount), lemon zert and some fresh thyme, add in some lemon juice, salt, pepper, and olive oil and rub it into some pork chops. Let sit for about 30 minutes at room temp. Grill or pan fry, then serve with pesto.

                      1. Once you make the pesto add it to ground lamb for burgers or lamb loaf.
                        Use as a salad dressing by up'ing the oil
                        As a dip for raw veggies
                        Brushed on eggplant or port mushrooms and grilled

                        1. If you're OK with rice, then a salad.

                          Use risotto rice. Stir in pesto & chopped spring onions.

                          1. Stick a spaghetti squash in the microwave and cook it about 15-20 minutes. Pull the "spaghetti" out with a fork and enjoy -- with your pesto.

                            1. This is the recipe for one of my favorite dishes - Salmon with Puff Pastry and Pesto. This is a ridiculously easy recipe and I get a lot of compliments on the presentation!


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                              1. re: CreativeFoodie42

                                I love to take boneless, skinless chicken breasts, open them (like to stuff a pork chop) and then add lots of pesto ( I also use a swiss cheese mix, but if you leave it out, no big deal). Then I wrap the breast with prosciutto and then bake. About 350 fot 30 min - depends on size of breasts.