Posts Tagged ‘pesto’

  • Hot Artichoke Pesto Crab Dip

    Date: 2014.04.14 | Category: recipes | Response: 0

    I brought an appetizer to a dinner a few nights ago and decided to make something from what I have on hand… I came up with this recipe using spinach and artichoke dip as my inspiration- and it is YUMMY!

    Hot Artichoke Pesto Crab Dip

    1 8 oz pkg cream cheese or neufchâtel- room temp
    1/4 cup 3 pepper mayonnaise
    1/2 cup prepared pesto (we use the large jar from Costco)
    1 can artichoke hearts- cut into small pieces
    1 can real crab meat
    1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese + more to sprinkle on top

    Mix all ingredients, pour into a baking dish (I used an 8×6 8 cup pyrex) and bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly.  Serve with crackers or bread.

    I’m seriously such a bad blogger- I snapped this picture before I baked it, but forgot to take another one when it came out all beautiful… just imagine it!

    Leftovers?  We ended up with about half of the dip leftover, so the next night I tossed it with some half and half, diced shrimp and whole grain spaghetti noodles, then baked it for 20 minutes.  Also yummy!

  • Crab and Pesto Grilled Cheese

    Date: 2012.01.23 | Category: recipes | Response: 0

    Holy cow.  I’ve stumbled upon another winner.  Thank you Pinterest, apparently you’ve turned me into a cooking blog!

    So I’ve got some leftover pesto and was cruising Pinterest the other day looking for ideas of how to use it when I saw this recipe for crab and pesto grilled cheese sandwiches.  I knew that I had a can of crab in the pantry and I had picked up a loaf of sourdough and a loaf of this yummy olive bread, so all I had to buy was the cream cheese.  These turned out fantastic.  The only change I would make to the way I made them tonight is that I would double the crab and decrease the pesto since the pesto flavor is pretty strong and overpowered the other flavors.  Here’s the recipe the way I will make them next time…

    Crab and Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

    6 oz cream cheese
    1/4 cup pesto
    12 oz canned crab
    10 slices cheddar or colby jack cheese
    10 slices sourdough or artisan bread

    Mix cream cheese, pesto and crab.  Butter two slices of bread and  place butter side down in a skillet to lightly brown.  Add some more butter to the skillet and flip both slices of bread.  Add a slice of cheese to each slice of bread and top with a hearty layer of cream cheese mixture.  Close sandwich and continue cooking until cheese is melted and bread is lightly toasted.  Remove from heat and slice in half before serving.

    Makes 5 sandwiches.


  • Creamy Pesto Pasta with Chicken or Shrimp

    Date: 2012.01.19 | Category: recipes | Response: 2

    I love pesto.  I do not love the price of pesto at the grocery store, nor do I grow my own basil to make pesto at home.  Costco, however, sells a huge jar of pesto at a great price.  Yum!  I came up with this recipe and it is now a regular family staple.  Somehow it has gained mythic status with Chris’ kid’s at school- they all rave about it too.  I’m not really sure how that happened, but I’ll take whatever glory I can get, even if it is from a bunch of middle school students!  Perhaps even more so because aren’t kids that age supposed to be picky eaters?

    Creamy Pesto Pasta

    1 box whole grain rotini or penne
    8 oz pesto
    8 oz alfredo sauce
    1 cup cooked and cubed chicken or 2 cups cooked and prepared shrimp
    Parmesan cheese to taste

    Boil pasta.   Add other ingredients.  Eat!


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