December 1, 2009 at 5:39 pm , by Arpita Joshi
As delicious as traditional pesto is on just about everything from appetizers, sandwiches, pastas, and pizzas – sometimes experimenting with flavors will make you appreciate it in a whole new way. Pestos with Panache by Lauren does just this – Lauren’s creations come in 6 different flavors: Fabulous Fig & Gorgonzola , Decadent Dark Chocolate & Ancho Chile, Pumpkin Chipotle, Proscuitto and Smoked Almond, Succulent Strawberry, and Bangin’ Blueberry. My favorites would have to be either the Fig & Gorgonzola or Blueberry, but they all have their own unique appeal. Now that the holiday season is in full swing and you’re sure to be thinking about party appetizers and snacks, try a couple of these flavors in place of traditional pesto for a fun alternative that will throw your guests off a bit. Just last weekend, I made appetizer tartlets by baking flaky dough in mini muffin cups and filling them with tomatoes mixed with the blueberry pesto, and topped with goat cheese. While it would’ve been a hit snack anyway, I think the blueberry pesto added an unexpected hint of sweetness that everyone loved – the entire tray disappeared in minutes! Get your own Pestos with Panache here.