10 July 2008

Nugget Potatoes with Pesto


Nugget Potatoes with Pesto
I used the pesto in this potato dish for Grilled Pizza with Pesto Sauce and Herb Salad. Which came first the chicken or the egg? Well.... I made the pesto for the potatoes and then brainstormed the pizza idea for the vegetarian blogging event No Croutons Required . With new potatoes and fresh garden basil this dish is very flavourful and easy to prepare!!!

The third Wednesday of every month has been designated Potato Ho-Down Wednesday. Two of my fellow potato Ho's Cathy of Noble Pig and Krysta over at Evil Chef Mom say it is so. Every Wednesday we will all be cooking up those scalloped potatoes, mashed potatoes, fries, curries, poutine......if potato is in the name we will be there!!! Being the Ho that I am this is my second entry this month.


**Nugget Potatoes with Pesto**

1 kg (2 lbs) nugget potatoes, scrubbed, halved
125 mL (1/2 cup) each packed fresh basil leaves and ½ cup packed parsley
2 - 4 whole peeled garlic cloves
30 mL (2 tablespoons) pinenuts
60 mL (1/4 cup)sun-dried tomatoes drained and ¼ cup julienned
coarse black pepper to taste
3 mL (1/2 teaspoon) salt
60 mL (1/4 cup)extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional but droolworthy)

Drop the potato chunks into salted boiling water and cook until tender but not mushy. Drain.
Meanwhile, combine all remaining ingredients except Parmesan in food processor and process until well combined. Recipe makes about 10 tbsp (150 mL) of pesto. Use desired amount to toss with the potatoes in this recipe. Cover and refrigerate the remainder for up to 3 days for another use like Grilled Pizza.

Return the drained potatoes to the hot pan in which they were cooked and add desired amount of pesto. Toss until hot potatoes are well coated. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan if desired. Serve warm.

Serves 6

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36 comments:

  1. I love all your potato posts! This one looks just super. Who'd have thought of pairing pesto with potatoes... great idea!

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  2. I could easily be called a pesto ho along with a potato ho myself! Looks like you could be too :-p

    I am loving your posts! I think its about time I started some savory dishes again and stop the sweets for a little bit! (before I gain 50 pounds!)

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  3. I have some leftover pesto which I made today and I was thinking of a potato salad. Looks wonderful.

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  4. Mmmm love potatoes, these look wonderful. I think my favorite style would have to be mashed or fries, both so comforting.

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  5. These look absolutely delicious, Val! I'm a potato Ho too, so I know I would love these!

    You amaze me! I don't know how you manage to keep up with all these events. I can barely keep up with my own little blog!

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  6. Thanks for your second entry...it's beautiful, as usual!

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  7. Mmmm... pesto! :-)

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  8. This is great, Val - kind of like gnocchi in pesto without all the gnocchi-making. ;-)

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  9. pesto makes everything better.

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  10. Hey busy lady, these look sooo good! There are so many uses for pesto that I have made it a staple in my fridge!
    Valli, you photos are lookin' very nice lately!
    Hope you are enjoying your summer:)

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  11. Val thats a great looking dish,also love the leaves in the background.

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  12. Those look quite delicious! There are just so many wonderful things that come from making good pesto.

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  13. All Hail Queen Val,

    Ruler of the spud, the tater, the glorious potato...wonderful!

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  14. This looks so yummy..especially placed under that beautiful tree..what a great picnic dish!

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  15. I made some rocket and walnut pesto day before yesterday and this is just the recipe for that!!!!

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  16. there are those pesky sun-dried tomatoes again. you know i can't resist them! this is an awesome potato ho-down contribution.

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  17. Nugget potatoes - now theres a top name?!

    Have a great weekend
    Cheers
    David

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  18. Being that my favorite way to eat potatoes is boiled and then coated with butter and parsley, these sound like the perfect upgrade! I'm so totally bookmarking this for when I get done with my Greek recipes!

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  19. Pesto will always taste like summer to me (maybe because when I was a child basil wasn't available year-round and pesto was a treat I looked forward to my mother making in the summer when fresh basil made its appearances in farm stands).

    I think pesto as a potato flavoring is a great idea.I will definitely give these a try.

    BTW, if you haven't taken note yet, you were my inspiration for my first Summer Weekly Sweet Treat of Summer 2008.

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  20. You've combined two things I love so much - potatoes and pesto, I have got to try it!

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  21. Yum! This is the predecessor to gnocchi with pesto! Great photo, too! Love the name!

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  22. You've just been dubbed the Queen of Pomme de Terre. Your crown is in the mail.

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  23. Potatoes and pesto is a divine combination! I am really into pesto these days Val, so you got me mouth watering!

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  24. Thanks for posting this is delicious :)

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  25. I love this Val...as I love potatoes...& you always make them sound so GOOD! Savoury is right up my alley...never thought of potatoes on a pizza!YUM!!

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  26. Potatoes I can eat any ways. I could eat them every day. When I visit the family, in Quebec, I have to have poutine with fresh curb cheese. It's a real treat.

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  27. Another superb potato recipe, Val.You sure keep busy!!

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  28. oh my! oh my! I cannot wait to make these potatoes.

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  29. Valli I could just eat bowls full of these

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  30. Potatoes with pesto and sun dried tomatoes sounds really good!

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  31. I love these potatoes and was going to make them last night, safe in the knowledge that I always have an emergency jar of pesto in the cupboard. Nope, none and I didn't have any pine nuts left to make it from scratch either! *sigh* I just had to make a bog standard creamy potato salad, but it wasn't as good because I wanted this!

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  32. just came back for another peek at your pots. It looks so SUNNY there.

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  33. Hoho I do love potatoes in any shape or form and with pesto: I'm all for this dish! Heaven in my bowl!!

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  34. Pesto and Potatoes, what a good combo. Have to try these.

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  35. Is there any potatoe recipe you don't know about?
    I would grab them all right now (dinner time) and eat in no time... they must have been soooooo good :D

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  36. Wanted to let you know that I made this last night with basil from the back yard and potatoes from the CSA...they were a HUGE hit. So much so that hubby and I finished them off (even though we were both full enough that we didn't need that second serving) :-)

    I paired them with a simple grilled chicken that I topped with a mixture of fresh tomatoes, basil, oregano, and parm. cheese, and drizzled with a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. But as I hold hubby, the meal was designed around the potatoes :-)

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Val

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