One of the things that I really like about pestos is that they are fun and easy to play around with. Despite the fact that they do not have all that many ingredients in them, changing just one or two can completely change the flavour profile of the pesto. The other day when I was going through my freezer I came across a cache of
roasted red peppers
that I had frozen back in the fall and I remembered an experiment that I had wanted to try with a
roasted red pepper pesto
. I don’t tend to use fresh oregano all that often and I had been thinking about new ways to use it when the idea of replacing the basil in a roasted red pepper pesto with some would be particularly nice. Oregano definitely reminds me of Greek cuisine and that got me thinking about other Greek flavours when I thought that some salty feta might help balance out the sweetness of the roasted red peppers and balsamic vinegar. I have to say that I quite enjoyed this use of the fresh oregano in the roasted red pepper pesto! You can use this pesto as a sauce for a pasta or as a condiment and it works rather well as a spread in sandwiches.
Greek Style Roasted Red Pepper Pesto
- 2 large roasted red peppers
- 1 tablespoons fresh oregano (optional)
- 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts (toasted)
- 2 tablespoons feta (crumbled)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
- Place everything into a food processor and puree.