Anything that saves me cash and time is a winner and a recent count of the opened jars of pesto in my fridge, complete with furry cover, means I’m wasting just a little too much on pesto.
These great little ‘shots’ by the Italian company Sacla are brilliant for an intense basil and pine nut hit. I’ve used them to jazz up not just a bowl of dried pasta but a flat field mushroom, as a dressing over freshly roasted veg, and inside a cheese sandwich, but there are a few uses for this parmesan-fuelled paste.
Add a tablespoon to mashed potato to liven up a midweek supper.
For a quick dip, whizz up some soft cheese (Philadelphia) with a ‘shot’ to make a dip for grissini and crudites.
It’s also brilliant in couscous, cauliflower couscous or mixed grains and let’s be honest, sometimes these dishes need a little flavour fireworks. A shot of this pesto does a great job in turning the ordinary into, well, something a whole lot better.
I’ve been waking up my spiralised courgettes with a shot recently too. Spiralise a courgette, steam and serve with a Sacla shot, some grated Parmesan and a few grilled vine tomatoes.
I find this blade is the best, with the fattest courgettes you can find.
Sacla Classic Pesto shots come in a pack of four, 45g ‘shots’ and the RRP is £2.79.