Kale & Goats’ Cheese Pesto (and a word about Google Reader)

The monthly village market was on this morning. We’re off on holiday on Tuesday so I didn’t come back with my usual bag loads. What I did get was a big bunch of kale, a sour dough loaf and, my current favourite thing, some hard mature goats’ cheese from the Cromarty Cheese House.

Lunch was a delight.

Kale and Goats’ Cheese Pesto

(makes a small jar full)

200g kale, tough stalks removed and shredded roughly

75g walnuts

50g hard goats’ cheese, grated finely

Rind of a small lemon

1 garlic clove, minced

Extra virgin olive

Salt & pepper

  • Bring a pan of water to the boil and drop the kale in. Cover and simmer for 1 minute. Drain and cool.
  • Meanwhile, toast the walnuts in a dry frying pan then whizz in the blender. Remove to a bowl
  • Squeeze as much moisture as you can out of the kale then pop in the blender with the garlic and lemon rind  and a good glug of oil. Whizz this too.
  • Now, I prefer to combine for here by hand. It’s a rougher texture and I prefer that. You might want to continue whizzing in the blended. Either way, add the walnuts and cheese to the kale along with a decent pinch of salt and pepper.

Serving suggestions:

  1. Spread on toast and top with tomato
  2. Stir through pasta
  3. Dollop on a baked potato

Before I go, I’ve just found out on Smitten Kitchen that Google Reader (the way many people keep up to date with blogs) will be no more as of tomorrow. I’ve switched to Feedly. It was simple to import my Google Reader favourites to it and it has a rather lovely layout. Hope I don’t lose anyone when Google Reader retires. 🙂

10 thoughts on “Kale & Goats’ Cheese Pesto (and a word about Google Reader)

  1. Oh am so confused with the google reader thing- I should spend some time today getting to grips with blog lovin or feedly.
    Your pesto looks fab! Have a great holiday! I’m happy to be in Scotland; to have long morning runs in the rain and then have warm showers!!!

  2. the pesto looks lovely

    I am quite pleased about google reader because I have just started using my blog list on my side bar and it is more manageable than google reader

  3. Wendy, I have to tell you, this winter I’ve made your kale and goat cheese pesto over and over and over again. It’s a cracking little recipe and so very useful. I’ve made it as a dip, when we’ve had friends over; I’ve spread it on toast; tossed leftovers through pasta; stuffed it into an omelette and used it to spark up some otherwise quite boring steamed veg. I reckon I’ve made it 4 times in the last 6 weeks, each time we’ve had kale in our veg box. Anyway, thank you for posting it.

    • Hi Kathryn. So glad you’re enjoying it. Kale is the only thing my poor neglected garden has produced in abundance this year so I’ve been having it regularly too. The cheese guy at our monthly village market sees me now and starts to cut and wrap a big chunk of hard goats’ cheese before I say anything! x

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