The Perfect Dish For Your Memorial Day Potluck

Can’t think of what food to bring to your Memorial Day festivities? Well never fear, because pesto is here. We’ve all tried and loved pesto, so it’s sure to be the highlight of your bbq, beach party, or picnic on this work-free holiday. This recipe is made out of arugula, pumpkin seeds and Asiago cheese and can be made in as little as five minutes. Try it out, but more importantly, HAVE FUN!

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Photos, styling and text by Marta Fowlie aka Food Polka

Pesto pumpkin arugula

Shopping List (serves 4):

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (raw, unsalted)
  • 1 bag or fresh arugula
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1/4 pound well aged Asiago cheese (coarsely chopped)
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper

Now follow these steps:

1. Preheat the large frying pan, throw the pumpkins seeds into the pan when it gets really hot and toast for about 3-5 minutes (until golden and start jumping off the pan); let seeds cool completely.

2. In a food processor, pulse the arugula leaves with the toasted pumpkin seeds and smashed garlic cloves until finely chopped; add the Asiago cheese, lemon zest and juice and pulse until combined; gradually add the olive oil and process until smooth.

3. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.

4. Enjoy.

Photos, styling and text by Marta Fowlie aka Food Polka

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