During the summer months I grow a lot of different varieties of extremely hot peppers, so I’m always looking for ways to put them to use. While I’ve never seen a recipe like this, the end results were just stunning. Based on the traditional way of making a basil pesto, however I’m putting a fiery Caribbean twist to things. So you can expect the Caribbean sunshine (scotch bonnet peppers) to really shine through. Be warned.. this is not your grandma’s pesto.

You’ll Need…

10-15 Scotch Bonnet Peppers (mostly green ones)
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 cloves garlic
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup cilantro
1/2 lemon (juice)

Note! The flavors of the green scotch bonnet peppers are significantly different than fully mature and ripe ones. It’s not as fiery and there’s a freshness about the overall flavor. I did toss in a couple red one (ripe) to the pesto to give it a bit of speckled contract to all the green.


Toss in the pine-nuts and…

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