If you tune into any of the kitchen competition or restaurant “rescue” television shows, you know the role of the sous chef. Second in command to the chef, the sous helps supervise the prep and line cooks, and fills in for the executive chef on his or her day off. How great would it be to have a sous chef in your kitchen? What if you could walk into the kitchen and find all the ingredients prepped for your evening meal? Wouldn’t it be completely awesome to have the sous chef prepare a meal on your “night off” from cooking, instead of hitting the nearest drive-through window after a busy day? Dream on, right? Two chefs at TexaFrance, Inc. have come up with the next best option – fresh, small batch pestos, sauces, salsas, and condiments that get meals off to a flying start without hiring staff for your kitchen.
Canadian Jean Pierre Parant and Texan David Griswold joined forces to help home cooks create dishes that taste and look good with a minimum fuss. The Austin chefs dreamed up more than 40 different products, aimed at putting a virtual sous chef in your kitchen. We tried their Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto and the “first-bite” response was a unanimous “Yum”! Oil, parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes, pistachios, sunflower seeds, and spices combine for a delicious flavor blend that would be great topping fish or chicken, or mixed with pasta. We whipped up some simple and delicious appetizers using ingredients we had on hand that really showcased this tasty pesto.
Slice a small baguette into 1/2″ pieces, brush with extra virgin olive oil, and toast under the broiler until it is very light golden brown. Add a slice of mozzarella cheese, which in our kitchen, would be Rumiano Family Certified Organic, Kosher, American Humane Certified, Non-GMO Verified Mozzarella Cheese. (We are huge fans of this cheese, and Rumiano Family Organic Montery Jack.) Run the bread and cheese back under the broiler just long enough for the cheese to slightly melt. Top with TexaFrance Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto, and prepare to indulge.
TexaFrance’s generous measure of sun-dried tomatoes and parmesan delivers a tangy, savory bite that was complemented by the creamy mozzarella. We enjoyed our apps so much, we almost skipped the main course!
I bought TexaFrance Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto at Central Market in Dallas. The company’s website indicates their product locator information is coming soon, so keep watching for this great pesto and check out the entire line of products!