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Jan 28, 2012 02:43 PM

Sear meat in pesto?


I'm going to cook steaks tomorrow. I have some parsley pesto, would it be a good idea to sear the meat in the pesto? I figured, since pesto is mostly oil, maybe it could work?

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  1. It sounds like a bad idea to me. Maybe somebody who has actually tried it will correct me... For all I know it may be a renowned technique.

    1. The high heat required for searing would not be good for the ingredients in the pesto. The flavor would be altered (a burned flavor).

      1. if it contains cheese and nuts i would expect it to burn and it will not adhere to the meat. So I think you would end up with steamed meat and burnt pesto in your skillet.

        1. Agree, it will burn. Why not sear it in oil and then drizzle the warmed pesto over the cooked steaks?

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                1. re: luciaannek

                  + more. you'll burn the pesto otherwise. sear the steak and then dollop the pesto on top. it's not something that should be cooked or even warmed.