This pesto mix is truly for garlic lovers, but it's the fresh lemon flavor that sets our Mediterranean inspired Lemon Pesto Dip Mix apart and brightens flavors wherever it’s used. Make a Lemon Pesto Cheese Ball garnished with basil leaves and serve with crackers (pictured). It’s a beautiful fall appetizer.
WINE PAIRING TIP: Compliment the lemon flavor with white wine like Pino Grigio (fairly neutral acidity) or contrast with red wines like Chianti, or even a soft oak aged Spanish red (both have a noticeable acidity of their own which is softened by the lemon).
Make Lemon Pesto Dip with mayonnaise and sour cream and serve as a chip dip (pictured) or with fresh veggies. It makes an original fall dip with baked or fried ravioli (pictured). Also lovely topping zucchini pancakes (pictured) for a novel elevated side dish.
Add shrimp to the dip for a delightful, light new appetizer.
OTHER TASTY WAYS TO USE THIS MIX FOR EASY ENTERTAINING:
Salad Dressing: Use it as a dressing for Lemon Pesto Potato Salad made with green onions and diced prosciutto or ham (pictured). See SALAD RECIPES for directions for Lemon Pesto Potato Salad. This salad is perfect for fall party buffets and casual parties.
Soup Seasoning: This dip mix is delicious used to season soup. Keep it vegetarian or add chicken (pictured) or shrimp. All are complimented by the bright, pesto flavor. See SOUP RECIPES for Lemon Pesto Soup directions. Pictured made with chicken.
Pizza Sauce: Combine mix with olive oil, crumbled feta and softened cream cheese. Spread on pre-made pizza crust. For Mediterranean Pizza with Lemon Pesto Sauce, add sliced red peppers, olives & onions and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Add shrimp if desired. Bake according to crust directions. TIP: For individual pizzas, use naan instead of pizza crust and bake at 350° until cheese is bubbly and beginning to brown, about 3-5 minutes.
Sandwich Spread: Reinvent sandwiches like Mediterranean Veggie, tuna, chicken or Italian cold cuts using Lemon Pesto Sandwich Spread instead of mayo. Or try this spread on a Panini with sliced turkey, salami and smoked provolone cheese. Sandwiches have never tasted so vibrant.
Rub: Rub the mix on pork, chicken or fish for a bright Italian flavor. Sprinkle with oil before baking.
Glaze: Spread prepared mix on pork, chicken or fish before baking for a bright Italian flavor.
Other: Combine dry mix with olive oil to dress pasta. Dollop prepared mix on veggies before microwaving for a true flavor burst.
Any way you use it, it will truly be a party crowd pleaser!
Makes about 2 cups.
No artificial colors, ingredients or preservatives added.
Ingredients: Pesto mix (basil, Romano cheese, salt, spices, garlic powder), granulated garlic, lemon juice powder, lemon peel granules.
Allergen Info: Contains milk. Some ingredients packaged on equipment that also packages peanuts and tree nuts.