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    Sat Mar 02, 2013 9:52 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Is it possible to make pesto without using cheese or any dairy? Would like to have a recipe if there is one.
    pinky kookie
    Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:10 pm Groupie

    Here is this good recipe that maybe you would like to try:

    2 cups Fresh Basil Leaves, packed
    1/3 cup Pine Nuts or Walnuts (or perhaps raw sunflower seeds for those who are tree nut-free?)
    3 medium Garlic Cloves, minced
    1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    1 and 1/2 tsp. fresh squeezed Lemon Juice (more or less, to taste)
    1/2 tsp. Sea Salt

    In a food processor or blender, combine the basil leaves with the nuts (or seeds), lemon juice and sea salt. Pulse a few times until mixture is reduced in volume and the mixture is well incorporated. Add the garlic and pulse a few times more. Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the blender or food processor is running, stop to scrap down the sides with a rubber spatula. Taste. Add more lemon juice and/or salt if needed. Serve with pasta, chicken, shrimp, scallops, grilled vegetables or even on gluten free bruschetta!.
    pinky kookie
    Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:15 pm Groupie

    And there are 33 recipes posted here in for Vegan Pesto, so you can select the one you like better:

    Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:27 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thanks. I tried to find a recipe using dairy free as the main category and got no results.Never thought to try vegan.
    pinky kookie
    Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:35 pm Groupie

    U R welcome and thanks for your response, ormad.
    Glad to know that I could help you with those Vegan recipes. icon_biggrin.gif icon_wink.gif
    Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:58 am Groupie
    I never put cheese in pesto, and prefer to add cheese when using it. Just omit it from any pesto recipe and use slightly less oil. I also include some parsley for brighter color and flavor.
    Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:51 am Groupie
    I don't add the cheese either unless I plan to add cheese to the dish anyways. I make a mint pesto for lamb and no cheese and it is great with fish too. I prefer to add cheese as a garnish.
    Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:18 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thanks to all that responded. I will be making pesto without cheese from now on. I never thought that it would work before. Guess I should be more daring!
    Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:08 pm Groupie
    could you try tofu? tofu 'cheese?' i don't know if any is dairy or not.
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