Red Pepper - Rocket Spread
1/3 cup walnuts
2 oz. arugula, or mixed greens -- young and tender
4 oz. roasted red pepper, from a jar or homemade
1/4 tsp chili-garlic sauce ("Rooster" or Lan Chi), adjust to taste or omit
1/2 tsp kosher salt or 1/4 tsp table or sea salt
1 Tb fresh lemon juice
Toast the walnuts over very low heat until fragrant.
Cut the tops of the greens coarsely; include tender stems.
Put all the ingredients in a food processor.
Run until you have a smooth puree.
Put in a container and store in the refrigerator. It keeps very well.
Pairs Well With
I found a Red Pepper Pesto recipe at theperfectpantry.com, and before I knew it it turned into something else. Yesterday I picked greens from a friend's garden, and she told me that in Turkey, arugula is called 'rocket.' Since the peppers I used are from Turkey, it seemed just right.
You can use it on pasta or vegetables, on sandwiches, as a final touch for a soup, in an omelet or alongside fried eggs -- or a dip for fries, homefries...