rocket pesto on ciabata with grilled veggies
i picked up a big bunch of rocket (known as arugula in america) at borough market last weekend but hadn't used it all up in a salad like i had planned to. i was wondering what else to do with it before it withered away when i remembered reading in some cookbook or seeing on some food show that you can make pesto from rocket. so i put it all in a food processor with some left over basil, a clove of garlic, a handful of toasted pine nuts, lots of chilli oil, a handful of shaved parmesan, some sea salt and black pepper. the result was a spicy and sharp pesto which i spread over thin slices of toasted ciabata bread and enjoyed along with oven roasted veggies. a simple weekday dinner enjoy with a chilled glass of sancerre.
ps - i have to keep remembering that it takes only a tablespoon of olive oil to roast a lot of veggies as they release their own delicious juices in the process of getting roasted. i think i added more than one tablespoon in haste and so ended up having the veggies float in a bit in chilli infused oil. luckily i had lots of leftover bread to scoop it all up!