I still love Basil Pesto but Stinging Nettle is available, free and interesting to use. Basil is hard to grow in Dunedin and costs a mint to buy. The same recipe can be used for Rocket, Carrot Tops or Basil Pesto.
170 g Stinging Nettle
40 g Roasted Pine Nuts
40 g Garlic Cloves
270 g Good Extra Virgin olive oil
3 g Salt
70 g Melted Butter
90 g Grated Parmigiano cheese (or any other hard Italian grating cheese)
40 g Pecorino Romano cheese (or similar sharp and tangy cheese)
Today I used my own home made cheeses and the end result was divine!
Put everything except the cheese and butter in a blender and blend well. Do not make it into slush – keep a fine texture. You may need more olive oil to complete the job
Now fold in the cheese and butter
Serve on fresh or toasted bread, dab on to meat, chicken, fish and vegetarian dishes, use as a dip for carrots and other fresh veg, salad dressing, and of course as a pasta sauce.