Hibiscus Flower & Basil Pesto

I was very recently introduced to cooking with hibiscus flowers, and as always my inclination is to figure out how to make a pesto out of any new yummy ingredient I cam across.

My first experiment is to make a basil pesto with it (cilantro to follow). Here's what I've got so far:


Ingredients

1 cup dried hibiscus flowers

4 cups of water

1/4 cup Gourmet Gardens basil paste

2 cloves garlic

1/2 tbsp lemon juice

1/4 cup EVO

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

1 pinch sea salt


Instructions

Boil the hibiscus flowers in 4 cups of water for 10 minutes. Drain the flowers and rinse them in cool water. Add them to a bullet or vitamix along with the other ingredients. Blend until you reach your desired consistency. You can add a splash of water if you'd like.


Today, I put the pesto on some cauliflower gnocchi. Tomorrow, I might smear it on some toast.

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