Friday, May 17, 2013

Sun Dried Tomato and Walnut Butter

I served this butter as a sauce over pasta, but it would be great over fish, especially Halibut. Mmm, maybe even over a chicken breast that has been stuffed with basil pesto.
To thin the butter if needed, add a little of the pasta water.

1 garlic clove
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained and chopped
Sun Dried Tomato and Walnut Butter over Pasta
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 Tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon
salt and pepper
Parmesan cheese

Mince and mash garlic to a paste with 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Transfer paste to a food processor and pulse with sun-dried tomatoes, walnuts, coriander, cayenne, parsley, and 1/8th teaspoon black pepper until finely chopped.
Blend in butter and lemon juice, then season with salt.
Set aside at room temperature until pasta is cooked.

Toss the warm pasta with the butter mixture in a large bowl.
Check seasonings.
Garnish with Parmesan cheese.

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