Pistachio Pesto & Greek Cream Cheese Dipping Sauce

I made this sauce to go with my Baked Chicken Bites and it was so delicious! Because the greek yogurt cream cheese is whipped it was so light but so flavorful.  It just enhanced the flavors of the pesto. I think that this sauce would also be very tasty on a sandwich.

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Pistachio Pesto & Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsbp Pistachio Pesto (here’s the recipe)
  • 1.5 tbsp whipped greek yogurt cream cheese

Instructions:

  1. Mix the 2 ingredients together, put it in a cute bowl and enjoy 🙂

If you haven’t yet tried the Green Mountain Farms Greek Cream Cheese you’re missing out. I discovered it a few months ago and LOVE it. PS: this is my own opinion. The company has no idea who I am. It’s delicious!!

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Pistachio Pesto

Years ago I remember seeing Alton Brown make a pistachio pesto and it sounded so delicious! I love pistachios and have always kept that in the back of my mind.

So recently I made some. Wow is it delicious!!  You really can taste the pistachios but they don’t over-power the basil or parmesan (and if you’re a regular reader you know how I love my parmesan.  Hell, if this is the first time you’re ever reading this let it be known-I love parmesan) I made quite a bit and froze 2 tbsp amounts wrapped in plastic for use whenever I want it. Enjoy!!

(sorry no photo of the plain pesto–I forgot to take one when I made it but this is a photo of it mixed into greek yogurt/cream cheese for a dipping sauce. you get the idea)

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Pistachio Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups basil leaves, stems removed, washed, patted dry
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1/3-1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 1/4 cup shelled unsalted pistachios
  • 2/3 -1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of kosher salt

Instructions:

  1. Place the basil, garlic, parmesan and pistachios into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until chopped and even
  2. While the machine is running pour in the olive oil
  3. When desired consistancy is reached add the salt and pulse to combine
  4. Serve or freeze or refrigerate