i bought an immersion blender. what should I immerse it in?
Soup, salsa (ie non-chunky ones, doy) and while not as good perhaps as a food processor for the job, I recently made some rocket pesto with one. I say "perhaps" as the less fine control of a stick blender did give a smoother texture than the food processor I learned on (aesthetics), it did require about 1/3 less olive oil to get to a useable state (whatever).
Actually, rereading the recipe, I just did everything at once before adding the oil rather than the step-wise process outlined below. Either way was pretty fucking tasty so here it is:
2 cloves garlic
2 large cups of rocket (just remembered some of you will know it as arugula)
55g/2oz parmesan, grated
150mls/1/4 pint extra virgin olive oil
salt and lemon juice
Another addendum: I think UK vs US ounces only differ for fluids, but to be clear, this is a UK recipe. Pints definitely differ, but not by much.
Step 1) In a blender or mortar, grind the garlic and rocket together to a paste
Step 2) Add the nuts and cheese and process again. Add the oil. Season with salt and add a squeeze of lemon juice.
Step 3) Keep in a cover jar in a cool place.
And finally, to bring it back to garlic; I don't have one of these, but it looks to me to probably be the best of all worlds. Cuts out the meticulousness required with a knife, much
cheaper than the roller thing, and easier to clean than a press: