Sunday, August 20, 2006

Bushy Basil

My basil plant was getting a little bushy and needed a trim!



So after a quick trim, I had a bowl full of basil, which so was transformed into some awesome pesto.

Once the pesto was made, I decide it best to make risotto! We had a rough day yesterday, so some comfort food was needed.

But this wasn't going to be your everyday, basic risotto.
When the risotto was completed, I stirred into it 2 TB of the fresh pesto.

OMG! This was delicious. The pesto was nearly perfect if I do say so myself. And combined with the risotto...words do not describe!

I served my new
Pesto Risotto with Sauted Chicken in a Butter Shallot Au Jus.

Saute the chicken until done. Toss into the same pan, one diced shallot, give a few seconds to soften. Deglaze with 1/4 cup of white wine and 1/4 cup of broth, reduced by 1/2, stir in 1 TB butter and some parsley.

Mmmmmm!

13 comments:

Stef said...

Wow, that looks delicious! I haven't had risotto in a while - I've gotta find me some soon! :-)

But you'll be glad to know I grilled a steak tonight, and used your low-smoke advice. Love it!

Lady Brandenburg said...

Wow, your basil plant is a tree! It kills me when I buy basil in the store, knowing that you and my parents have a huge abundance...

ScottE. said...

J-lo declared this risotto: "SHUT UP" Good!

Dancer in DC said...

The risotto was SHUT UP good! That's about the best rating on my personal yumminess scale.

It's kinda funny that to me the chicken became the side dish. :)

Washington Cube said...

You've been the active cook this summer. The risotto looks wonderful.

Terri in WI said...

Your basil plant is gorgeous!! Mine pooh'd out during our last streak of extended hot weather. There are some sad little leaves on it's tippy tops, but I don't think I can salvage it. :(

Barbara (Biscuit Girl) said...

Looks great! There must be something in the air, you're the third blogger that's done risotto in the past week.

DC Food Blog said...

Your basil plant is frickin gorgeous. How did you get it so lush?

ScottE. said...

I whisper sweet nothings to it!

No...it just went nuts with the humidty and I have to water it every morning...full sun, hot, humid...!bb

DC Food Blog said...

I'm sure plenty of things grow when you whisper sweet nothings to them. HEE!

ScottE. said...

Oh gurrrrl, I don't believe you went there!!!

DC Food Blog said...

A dirty mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Jon said...

As always, your risotto looks delicious. And seriously, isn't a pan-fried chicken breast one of the most simple yet wonderfully yummy things on Earth?