After spending too much time watching TV this weekend, I kept seeing a commercial from a popular Italian chain restaurant tempting me to come devour some all you can eat pasta. I was sold but didn’t want to get up and go. I chose to use what I had in my kitchen instead. The big decision though was the sauce…just as it would have been at the restaurant. I had a huge amount of basil so the decision was made for me. It was time for some basil oil.
Basil oil is a very flavorful and amazingly versatile. Not only can you do what I did and add it to you favorite pasta dish, you can also drizzle it over a refreshing caprese salad, spread it on a slice of bread for a tasty sandwich, add it to mayonnaise for a new twist on a condiment, create your own bruschetta, or toss it with some roasted potatoes at your next meal. Think outside of the box for how you might use your batch of basil oil! It will liven up your next meal!
Basil Oil Recipe
Serves about 1/4 cup oil
2 cups fresh basil leaves
1/4 olive oil
1 clove garlic
1. Clean and pat the basil leaves dry with paper towels.
2. Add basil and garlic to blender. Cover. Turn blender on to a medium setting and immediately begin drizzling olive oil in from the top cover. Continue to blend until well combined.
3. Strain oil through a fine mesh sieve, gently pressing to retrieve all oil. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.