Wild Garlic & Walnut Pesto

A different take on classic pesto, made with wild garlic and walnuts. This delicious pesto can be served with grilled fish/chicken/ tagliatelle with shaved Parmesan on top. At this time of year it is exciting to see their first green shoots appearing.

Unlike normal garlic, it is only the fresh young leaves that are used, not the bulbs, which are much smaller. The smell of wild garlic really feels like the first sign that spring is here. Enjoy!

Ingredients

Makes approx. half a litre.

100g Wild garlic

100g Walnut halves

50g Vintage Devon Oke

375ml Rapeseed oil

Fresh ground black pepper to taste

Keep it local by using Bell and Loxton’s award-winning cold pressed rapeseed oil which is produced just down the road from us in Kingsbridge.

What to do:

Wash & pick through the wild garlic leaves

Blanch them by briefly plunging them into boiling water then removing to iced water.

Once cool squeeze out the excess water.

Toast the walnuts in the oven for a few minutes until the skins begin to crisp up. Allow them to cool then rub them between your palms to remove most of the brown skin, which can be a little bitter.

Now place the leaves, walnuts, grated Vintage Devon Oke and pepper into a food processor blitz them up.

Once it begins to resemble a paste begin to slowly trickle in the oil while continuing to blitz.

Try to get it to emulsify to a thick sauce, but don’t worry if you don’t, it will still taste great and keep in the fridge for a week or two.