I love the flavor of basil, and one of my favorite basil-packed dishes is pesto.
But. I don't like the calories that the oil and pine nuts add. So I decided to try an experiment.
I wanted to get the texture of pesto without the calories, so I decided to try goat cheese instead of oil. And this is what happened:
Goat Cheese Pesto
- 4 ounces soft fat-free goat cheese, crumbled
- 1 1/2 cups packed basil
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Place all ingredients in a food processor
- Pulse a few times
- Process until fairly smooth, or to the desired consistency, scraping down the sides occasionally
I thought it was really good! I like goat cheese, and it added a really nice and tangy flavor. I served it on top of grilled pork - fantastic!
I think this recipe would also work with other herbs - oregano or cilantro maybe? Would you try something like this?
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