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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mend the Broken Toasts, with Pesto

Every cook understands the beauty of simplicity. Oftentimes, a complex dish brings out the simplest form of an ingredient.

Red Chile Chicken Bowl
with Red Pepper Pesto Toasts, Truffle Cheese, and BBQ Almonds

After tossing together a quick rice bowl with red chile chicken (marinaded in homemade mexican chile sauce) and some lettuce and avocado, I peeked into the fridge and noticed my new purchase - truffle cheese. So I decided to serve some ezekiel bread with melted truffle cheese and red pepper pesto with smoky BBQ almonds. Odd combination, I know, but the tinge of lime flavor in a freshly made red pepper pesto combined with salty BBQ nuts really brings out the creamy melted truffle cheese.

I heard rumors that red pepper pesto is the new "pesto". I doubt most would ever give up the beloved green pesto for good, but I do believe that variations of red pepper pesto are going to be increasingly popular. It's not just tasty, it's gorgeous! Did I mention that I used smoky BBQ almonds in the pesto? I wish I had a few more of these broken toasts!


  1. red pepper pesto is amazing!!! i love it!! and ezekial bread, bbq roasted almonds - my food! :D

  2. the red pepper pesto in combination with bbq almonds and truffle cheese sounds terrific! Yummy toasts.

  3. This looks like a perfect hearty meal. I have never seen toast with so many layers of texture, flavor and color; amazing. Thanks for the intro to red pepper pesto!

  4. That is a good looking meal! The toast sounds fantastic, what a great combo of flavors.

  5. looks amazing. I love truffle cheese, i can remember the 1st day i had it. i was hooked. Truffle ham is also insanely good :)