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RECIPE: Hazelnut Pesto

This pescombines earthy hazelnuts with bright flavors orange. | Scott Keeler~SHNS

This pesto combines earthy hazelnuts with the bright flavors of orange. | Scott Keeler~SHNS

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Updated: January 1, 2012 8:06AM

Unlike traditional pestos that are dominated by an herb flavor, usually basil, and lots of garlic, this one lets the hazelnut flavor reign with the surprise sweetness of orange instead of the expected lemon. It makes an unusual hors d’oeuvre or lunch served with lightly dressed greens such as watercress.

2 cups chopped roasted hazel nuts

1 cup shredded Parmesan

1 small garlic clove, chopped

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

1 tablespoon grated orange rind

2 to 3 tablespoons hazelnut oil

1 baguette, sliced and toasted until crisp

Put everything but oil and bread in food processor and pulse a few times to mix. Add oil in a stream. Don’t overmix. Serve on slices of toasted baguette.

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