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Michael Flores’ Piquant Citrus Sauce with Basil and Spinach

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Michael Flores, chef.

Michael Flores, chef and cooking teacher, offered this recipe at the Pearl Farmers Market Saturday. It uses lots of fresh basil, which is flourishing right now. And, calls for two types of cheese along with fresh spinach and some red chile flakes to give it bite.

Piquant Citrus Sauce with Basil and Spinach

1 1/3 ounce fresh basil, trimmed and washed
16 ounces goat cheese, room temperature
15 ounces ricotta cheese (fat free)
10 ounces fresh spinach leaves, trimmed, washed and drained
2 teaspoons red chile flakes, or to taste
5-6 garlic cloves, peeled
Juice of 2 limes
Juice of 1 lemon

Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until well combined. Store in refrigerator and use as needed.

Note: Serve tossed with cannellini beans over salmon fillet, toss with cooked noodles for a pasta salad, mix with diced tomatoes and serve atop toasted croutons for bruschetta, or present alonside grilled or boiled shrimp as a dipping sauce.

From Michael H. Flores (www.cookwithmichael.com)

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