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Sear meat in pesto?

henrikbe Jan 28, 2012 02:43 PM


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?

  1. visciole Jan 28, 2012 03:19 PM

    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: visciole
      valerie Jan 28, 2012 07:58 PM


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        perk Jan 28, 2012 11:40 PM


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          luciaannek Jan 29, 2012 07:07 AM

          Do this!

          1. re: luciaannek
            hotoynoodle Jan 29, 2012 07:25 AM

            + 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.

    2. chefj Jan 28, 2012 02:54 PM

      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.

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        ediblover Jan 28, 2012 02:53 PM

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

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          kengk Jan 28, 2012 02:49 PM

          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.

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