Sicilian Pesto Perfect PairingsAppetizersPetite Sirah “This is such a great sauce to have on hand and uses fresh local ingredients that are very easy to source. It’s good tossed with pasta and a bit of fresh mozzarella or used on crostini or served with grilled fish, chicken or steak.” Katie Wetzel Murphy, Brand Ambassador and Family Partner Makes: 2 cups Ingredients: 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted 1 clove garlic, peeled 1 cup basil leaves, packed tightly 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved 1 tsp kosher salt 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes 1/2 cup AVV olive oil 1/2 cup Parmesan, Romano or Asiago cheese, grated Method of Preparation: Place almonds and garlic in a blender and pulse until finely chopped. Add basil, tomatoes, salt and red pepper flakes, then pulse again to combine. With the blender running, add the olive oil in a slow, steady stream until combined. Scrape into a bowl and stir in grated cheese.