Once you've blitzed up a batch of seriously savory anchovy-laced pesto, what better use for it than to roll it up inside a flank steak? Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer's technique for stuffing, rolling, and grilling the steak in Canal House Cooks Every Day highlights the flank steak's robust beefiness with an herbal, briny punch.
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Summer is pesto time, at least in my house. Almost every green leaf I can get my hands on, from basil and parsley to carrot tops and kale, will get a whirl in the food processor with the requisite garlic, nuts, cheese, and olive oil over the course of the season. Yet despite my willingness to push pesto boundaries, I've never slipped in anchovies and green olives. This idea, from Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer's Canal House Cooks Every Day, was a revelation.
Scapes are to garlic as fusilli is to rigatoni: the crazy-bastard college buddy who never really embraced adulthood. But they're more than that, too. With their substantial heft and a flavor that mellows dramatically when cooked, they're vegetable, aromatic and herb all in one. Check out these scapely suggestions, and share your own favorite uses for scapes in the comments.
I'm usually suspicious of any alterations to traditional basil pesto—those fancy, misguided ideas like trading out pine nuts for pistachios. "Don't mess with perfection," is my feeling. Except in many cases, these other pestos aren't trying to mess up a...