Play with Pesto
"The name of this sauce comes from the verb pestare, which means 'to mash,' " Lidia says. "Every region in Italy has different ingredients in its pesto, depending on what grows nearby. This one is from Sicily, where they grow some of the best almonds around."
What's that, Lidia? "To get a good sear, cook the chicken on medium-high heat in a cast-iron pan, then lower the heat and cover the pan to keep in the steam and tenderize the meat."
ALMOND PESTO TRAPANESE OVER SEARED CHICKEN
Serve this sauce with vegetables like broccoli, or sneak a bit into just about anything: mashed potatoes, soup or a big bowl of fresh tagliatelle.
What to Drink! Bastianich Rosato di Refosco 2010
This Friulian rose has a fresh strawberry flavor that balances the toastiness of the nuts.