This lovely Summer recipe is easy to make and perfect for sharing when watching any of the major sports events scheduled for this Summer, just take your pick!
With European Championships; Wimbledon; Royal Ascot and the Olympics all lined up for the TV this summer it will be easy to dive into crisps and choccies and pile on the lbs. But it is possible to snack more healthily by looking for delicious and easy to make veggie based snacks like these Roasted Pepper and Macadamia Pesto Tapas. With the supermarkets full of delicious vegetables there is really no excuse not to eat that 'five a day'.
Macadamia Pesto and Roasted Pepper Tapas
1 baguette loaf, sliced diagonally
1 roasted red pepper, peeled and cut into strips
1 roasted yellow pepper, peeled and cut into strips
100g (3.5oz) roasted macadamia halves
4 large handfuls of basil leaves
160g (5.5oz) unsalted macadamias
3 cloves garlic, peeled
125mL (4 fl oz) olive oil
65g (2.5oz) freshly grated parmesan
1 /2 teaspoon sea salt
1. Make the pesto first: wash and dry the basil leaves thoroughly.
2. Put them in a food processor or blender with the macadamias and garlic and process until well combined. Scrape down sides and process again. Add the parmesan and salt, process again, then slowly drizzle in oil, keeping the machine running. Process until smooth. Scrape pesto into a tightly sealed jar or plastic container until ready to use – a film of oil over the top will help to preserve it.
3. Store in refrigerator.
4. Toast the bread slices in a moderate oven until just turning golden. Remove, cool and store in an airtight container until ready to use. Just before serving, spread each piece with the pesto.
5. Top with a slice of red and yellow pepper and scatter over a few roasted macadamia pieces.
Makes approximately 30 pieces.