What do you do when you’ve got a whole lot of pesto and cream lying about? Pesto Panna Cotta, of course!
This was the result of a lightbulb moment the day after a party. I was having a lazy afternoon, and helping myself to the last panna cotta from the night before (that I hid – shhh!). I was just letting my mind wander, thinking about the various panna cotta flavours I love. Naturally, I got to thinking about savoury combinations too and given that we had pesto leftover in the fridge from the party, and how much I love pesto, it wasn’t long before I got to thinking pesto + cream/gelatine = ? There was only one way to find out! So much for a lazy afternoon!
Like your regular panna cotta, this is extremely easy to make, and as it has to be made ahead and chilled, it really is the perfect starter for entertaining. Give it a good 5 hours to set before serving, especially if you are going to turn it out of a mould.
How to Serve Pesto Panna Cotta?
Serve it as a starter in a glass or bowl, or as an canapés/finger food. If you are planning a sit down meal, they could even be served as amuse-bouche between courses, just to surprise and impress your guests.
The flavour of Pesto Panna Cotta is predominantly creamy as panna cotta is. The pesto is very obvious but tempered down by the dairy. So in terms of topping, think about items that will complement the creamy pesto panna cotta, and/or contrast with.
In the images here, I have julienned grilled peppers, sundried tomatoes, pistachios and toasted almonds. Click here for homemade grilled pepper or you can just use the shop bought deli/antipasto variety. Here are other toppings that we have successfully paired this pesto panna cotta with, some quite adventurous:
- toasted pine nuts (naturally)
- balsamic strawberries
- cranberries sauce
- smoked salmon
- a very light sprinkle of pounded Sichuan peppercorns (one of my favourites)
- chilli flakes
Are you a fan of Pesto? How do you use it differently? I’d love to know!
Pesto Panna Cotta, a savoury take on a sweet classic, served as a starter or as an amuse-bouche. Total time does not include chilling time.
Pesto Panna Cotta - a savoury take on a Sweet Classic
Pesto Panna Cotta, a savoury take on a sweet classic, served as a starter or as an amuse-bouche.
Total time does not include chilling time.