Broccoli Pesto Recipe
INSPIRED BY FRANCE
World War I G. I.s, whose initials stand for government issue or general issue, grew fond of eating broccoli during their service abroad. In 1919, the war officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed in a town near Paris, France. American soldiers then returned home from the war craving the broccoli, and as a result, they created a demand for the vegetable in the United States.
Broccoli traces its roots to the Mediterranean, where it was created from a cabbage relative. The name broccoli comes from the Italian word that means the flowering crest of a cabbage.
SAVE FOR LATER
Makes 2 cups
2 cups cooked broccoli cuts
1/2 cup fresh tarragon
1 garlic clove, peeled
2 ounces Gouda cheese (or 1/3 cup cubed)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor. Blend until the desired consistency forms.
If using a mortar and pestle, mash the broccoli, tarragon, and garlic until smooth. Mix in the remaining ingredients. Mash until the desired consistency forms.
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