I always have an abundance of herbs in the summer because we dry them for winter cooking. But they’re overwhelming when they thrive in the garden, so what to do? Pesto is the answer. What does this have to do with Mexican cuisine? Fusion, baby, fusion. Since there’s so much fresh basil around, and my two favorite world cuisines are Mexican and Italian, it makes sense for me to combine them into a nice and easy summer brunch or lunch.
Spicy Basil-Chile Quesa-Pesto-Dilla
To make the pesto:
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup piñon nuts (pine nuts)
1 cup basil leaves
1 cup cilantro leaves
1 cup grated Parmesan-Reggiano cheese
1 tablespoon mustard combined half and half with a favorite hot sauce
1 cup excellent olive oil
In a food processor, puree all the ingredients except the olive oil. Slowly add the oil and pulse until it is thoroughly mixed.
To Make the Quesa-Pesto-Dilla
Spread the pesto over half of each tortilla. Top with the cheese and fold over to make a sort of torta. Fry the folded tortillas in a hot, dry skillet until browned and the cheese is melted. Top with sour cream if desired.
Yield: 4 servings
Heat Scale: Medium
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