Monday, July 12, 2010

What to do with all this basil?

I have a ton of fresh basil right now - about 8 large plants. I do not want it to go to waste. I dried two whole plants in my dehydrator - that way I can have garden fresh basil this winter. I also made this:

***Basil Sauce/Dressing***

*1 C fresh basil
*1/2 C EVOO - use your good stuff
*1 garlic clove
*2 t lime juice (lemon would work too, but I had limes)
*1/4 t black pepper
*1/4 - 1/2 t kosher salt

Combine all in a food processer or blender.
Can be used as a sauce for grilled meats & fish - pasta - sandwiches - dipping sauce for breads - whatever you want to use it for. It would also be great on a salad.

Follow this basic recipe and change out the basil for tarragon, mint, or even dill.

Remember, when you are cooking - make a recipe your own. If you don't like garlic - don't add it. If you are in a salt free home - don't add the salt. If you would like to use sunflower oil - do it! You can make any recipe your own recipe by tweeking it your way. Don't be scared.

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