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                 Steamed Vegetables With Basil Pecan Pesto
 
 Recipe By     : Gourmet August 1995
 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Beans & Peas                     Gourmet Magazine
                 Potatoes                         Scandinavian
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   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    6      medium        carrots -- cut diagonally into
                         -- 1/8-inch-thick SLICES
    2                    fennel bulbs -- trimmed and cut
                         -- lengthwise into
                         -- 1/8-inch-thick slices
    1 1/2  pounds        small red potatoes -- cut into
                         -- 1/4-inch-thick slices
    1 1/2  pounds        green beans -- trimmed
    3      tablespoons   hot water -- (3 to 4)
    1 1/4  cups          basil pecan pesto
                         ***FOR THE PESTO***
    2      cups          packed fresh basil leaves -- washed well and
                         -- spun dry
      2/3  cup           olive oil
      1/2  cup           pecans -- toasted golden
                         -- brown and cooled
      1/3  cup           freshly grated parmesan
    2      large         garlic cloves -- chopped and mashed
                         -- to a paste with
      1/2  teaspoon      salt
 
 To prepare the vegetables:
 
 On a large steamer rack layer carrots, then fennel, and then potatoes and steam
  over boiling water, covered, until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.  Tra
 nsfer steamed vegetables to a platter.  Steam beans, covered, until just tender
 , about 10 minutes, and transfer to a platter.  In a food processor blend pesto
  with 3 tablespoons hot water, adding additional hot water if necessary to reac
 h desired consistency.
 
 Serve vegetables warm at room temperature with pesto.
 
 To make the pesto:
 
 In a food processor blend together all ingredients with salt and pepper to tast
 e until smooth.  Pesto keeps, surface covered with plastic wrap, chilled, 1 wee
 k.  Makes about 1 1/4 cups.
 
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