Friday, April 03, 2009

Pesto Lemon Basil Rub

Summer is going to be here soon and that means barbecuing in my house! Here's a yummy pesto rub for your steaks! I haven't tried it on chicken yet, but I bet it would taste good too...


  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 6 (6 ounce) flat iron steaks
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Chop 4 garlic cloves in a food processor until minced. Add the basil and pine nuts, and pulse a few times to combine. With the food processor running, slowly pour in the olive oil, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides. Place the Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes into the food processor, and pulse until blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside 2 TBS of pesto rub to grill with
  2. Rub the flat iron steaks with 2 cloves minced garlic, season to taste with salt and pepper, then set aside. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil grate.
  3. Grill the steaks to your preference on preheated grill. Baste the steaks occasionally with a little of the pesto sauce. Once done, serve topped with the remaining pesto.

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