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Essential Cuisine Pestos are an authentic range of premium, batch- made, restaurant quality, chilled products. Renowned for their restaurant quality stocks and jus, Essential Cuisine products have consistently received high praise from New Zealand’s top chefs, food writers and home cooks.
Over many years, the team at Essential Cuisine has perfected the art of pesto making to the point that many chefs refer to it as ‘the most Italian-like pesto available outside Italy’. No surprise then the entire pesto range was awarded Two Stars by renowned European chefs at the 2010 International Taste Quality Awards (iTQi) in Belgium, which are dedicated to the judging and promotion of superior tasting foods.
Essential Cuisine’s award winning pestos make wonderful additions to cooking at any time of year but they really come into their own in summer when their ease of use makes them very useful for quick and delicious warm-weather dishes. Add zing to vinaigrettes or mayonnaise for salads or dips, marinate meat for the barbecue, toss with hot pasta, dollop on bruschetta, steam with fresh shellfish, lift toasted sandwiches, add flavour to burgers, sizzle in a stir-fry, use as the perfect pizza base or simply enjoy on a cracker! The Essential Cuisine pesto range will enhance any dish, changing it from ordinary to extraordinary.
The Asian Green Pesto is a must for food lovers who enjoy the exotic tastes of Asia. It combines the aromatic flavours of coriander, ginger and mild chilli with the goodness of almonds and the pesto essential- Parmesan cheese.
Basil pesto is packed full with fresh basil and is a firm favourite with chefs intent on creating an authentic Italian taste.
Sundried Tomato Pesto made with almonds and Parmesan provides a concentrated burst of tomato taste with the perfect summer partner- fresh leafy basil.
Roasted Red Pepper Pesto combines the sweet smokiness of roasted red capsicums, paprika and extra garlic creating a colourful and tasty treat.
Olive Pesto is a traditional tapenade made with plump ripe black olives, anchovies, capers, fennel seed and fresh basil.
Essential Cuisine Pestos come in a unique, practical stand up screw-top pouch made with a flexible barrier that keeps the air out and minimizes oxidation. Cross-contamination from spoons or fingers is reduced, so your pesto keeps longer.
Essential Cuisine Pestos are available nationwide from supermarkets and specialty food stores, in a 150g stand up pouch, RRP $6.50.