Sunday, November 24, 2013

Parsley: The Pre- and Post-Thanksgiving Panacea

Fresh Parsley Perks up Turkey and Sticks Around for Post-Thanksgiving Relief

Parsley must be one of the most overlooked herbs around. I'm guilty of forgetting about it, until the first frost kills off every other late-season green, and there it stands, proud and bright against a desolate backdrop.
A fresh, fall crop of parsley, just waiting to be
picked - and eaten! 

Parsley is one of the hardiest herbs in the garden. With little to no care, it springs back on the chilliest fall days. Though too often relegated to the side of the plate, poor parsley packs enormous potential. It's full of vitamins K, C, A, iron, and folate. It has virtually no calories, is full of fiber, and even freshens your breath. Pick or buy a bunch, stuff your bird, and spruce up stuffing; but save some for the desperate days-after, when anything but turkey will do.

Flat-leaf and curly varieties are easy to grow and may also be purchased. Flat-leaf is said to have more flavor, but I love both. Parsley stores well in the refrigerator for at least a weak. A spritz of water will revive it.

Parsley pesto with pasta couldn't be simpler to prepare. Serve it to turkey-weary diners for a post-Thanksgiving Treat. 

Parsley Pesto Recipe

I like a lot of pesto on my pasta. I also use veggie noodles, which
come in festive colors.
Serves: four 
Active preparation time: 10 minutes

Ingredients
  1. 2 cups fresh parsley 
  2. 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
    Just a few ingredients make a delicious meal.
  3. 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
  4. 2 cloves garlic
  5. 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (add more to taste)
Instructions
  1. Rinse parsley and remove stems
  2. Toast walnuts in the toaster on "light" setting
  3. Using a Cuisinart Food Processor, blend all ingredients until smooth
Serve with fresh pasta and sliced cherry tomatoes. Pesto may also be frozen for later use.  

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