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I have been fairly late in jumping onto the pesto bandwagon, but now that I'm on board, I'm using it rather a lot. Initially I tried it as a base to liven up some meat based sandwich fillings and I enjoyed it, so the first little jar I bought which was this Filippo Berio Green Classic Pesto Sauce is now empty.
Before consigning it to the Useful Little Jars section in the garage (just next to where I keep Sticks That Might Be Useful For Stirring Paint) from which it will likely be jettisoned about two years from now, it's a good time to gather my thoughts on the product and document them here.
For those Pesto virgins out there, this is primarily a Basil and Olive Oil concoction with a bit of cheese and a few pine cones thrown in and it is traditionally associated with Italy. In the jar it looks a bit like a light coloured mint sauce;it has a condensed 'slime from your fish-tank' look about it. Having little in the way of visual appeal, therefore, I really had to rely on taste.
Like so much that is Mediterranean, it has a good strong complementary flavour to it. Not too strong such as to risk spoiling or compromising other flavours in your dish but definitely adding to the taste experience with a certain 'je ne sais quoi'. Actually, I do know 'quoi' because it's all listed on the green bottle label.
I found that it greatly enhanced the flavour of ham and chicken in a sandwich whether plain or toasted and most of the bottle has been used up in this way. Using less or more product on your sandwich will allow you to get the flavour just right for you. You could even just spread this on its own and enjoy it. It does have garlic in it, so don't go overboard if you are planning any post prandial seduction.
On the label, we are encouraged to stir some into pasta or rice and there a number of other ideas on the Filippo Berio website.
You only get 190g in a jar and it doesn't last long - once opened, you should eat it within 2 weeks - but I would certainly recommend it. I don't know how it compares to other brands, but have bought a different brand this week to try as well as a red pesto.