Onion Pesto Recipe

INSPIRED BY IRAN

onion pesto inspired by Iran
roast beef pinwheels made with onion pesto inspired by Iran
naan bread made with onion pesto inspired by Iran
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The oldest known cultivation of onions dates to about 7,000 years ago. Some believe this bulb vegetable first grew in Iran. Thereafter, onion cultivation spread fast since onions are easy to grow as well as adaptable to different soils and climates.

Since onions naturally leave little to no trace for archaeologists to dig up, the precise origins of these vegetables are unknown.

onion pesto inspired by Iran
SAVE FOR LATER

Makes 1 3/4 cups

Ingredients

1/4 cup shelled walnuts

2 cups quartered sweet onion

1/2 cup fresh mint

1/4 cup blue cheese

1/2 cup butter beans, rinsed and drained

2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor. Blend until the desired consistency forms.

  2. If using a mortar and pestle, crush the walnuts until a fine crumb forms. Add the onion and mint, and mash until smooth. Mix in the remaining ingredients. Mash until the desired consistency forms.

  3. Store pesto in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for up to one week. Use throughout the week in the next two recipes. Pesto can last in an airtight container in the freezer for up to six months.

Uses

roast beef pinwheels made with onion pesto inspired by Iran

Roast Beef Pinwheels

As a whole, kebabs (or kabobs) encompass various meat dishes that originated in the Middle East. One type of kebab popular in Iran is kebab koobideh, or kobida. This meat kebab is made with ground lamb or beef and mixed with chopped onions. Another kebab variation is the shish kebab.

naan bread made with onion pesto inspired by Iran

Naan Bread

Naan is the word for bread in Iran. It also refers to a specific type of bread that Persians enjoy with cheese or butter. Traditionally, this flatbread is oven-baked and stuffed with some type of meat.