I used to think there was no such thing as “too much garlic.” Then I made this kale pesto.
Don’t get me wrong: I love garlic and the kale pesto was delicious…I just added too much garlic to it! Apparently my Market Basket garlic cloves are 50% larger than regular garlic cloves…so what I thought was 4 cloves of garlic was probably about 8. In the words of Ace Ventura, “8 cloves is too much.”
Garlicky Kale Pesto
6 to 8 large leaves of kale (I used the curly kind)
1/2 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup raw almonds (or walnuts or pine nuts)
4 to 6 cloves of garlic (regular sized…not gargantuan)
We decided to have our pesto with grilled chicken and spaghetti squash. Chicken with pesto is one of my favorite food combos!
We baked a giant “fun Squash” as our pasta substitute.
So the pesto was SUPER garlicky. It had a real bite to it…I think it was partially the garlic, and partially the bite-y nature of curly kale. If you decided to make this pesto, add garlic with caution. I would recommend adding one or two cloves, and then doing a taste test…you might only need two!
While I definitely prefer basil pesto, the kale pesto wasn’t half bad! I would make it again…with less garlic…I’ve learned my garlicky lesson!