Pesto and ham toastie

Ok I give you that, this is not exactly french. But I love italian food so much, and Italy is our neighbor! And, this is typically the kind of things french people love: Good bread, good pesto and good ham. that’s just perfect for an appetizer with some friends. Apero time as we say in France!!!

Preparation: 15 minutes, For a dozen toasties

  • 5 bread rolls
  • A glass of extra virgin olive oil
  • 150 pine nuts
  • 30 fresh basil leaves
  • 200g Parmesan
  • Salt, Pepper

 

Preparation of the pesto

Start by lightly cooking the pine nuts in a pan until they are just golden.

Wash the basil and cut all the leaves. Mix in a blender the fresh basil leaves, the pine nuts, the grated Parmesan and the olive oil.

Blend all the ingredients and season to taste.

Preparation of the pesto and ham toasties

Cut the bread rolls in half and grill them lightly in the grill or toaster.

Spread the pesto on the toast and add a slice of Italian ham. Serve straight away.

You can keep the pesto in the fridge for up to a week, and serve it with pasta.

 

Food fact

Pesto is a sauce which originally comes from the North West of Italy. It has numerous variants: Pesto rosso, with tomatoes, winter pesto with spinach… It is used in pasta dishes, but also on toast or to give flavour to soup.

To enjoy fresh basil throughout the summer, buy it in a pot in spring. You will have delicious fresh leaves for months.

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