Thursday, August 25, 2011

Basil Oil

I think this may be quite possibly one of the easiest, most flavorful recipes I have ever posted.  Basil oil - it's one of my new favorites in the kitchen these days.  I have practically used it on everything - meats, veggies, bread, pasta.  It's pesto's little sister - full of basil and garlic flavor, just a different texture {and a few less ingredients}.

Real Simple magazine got me hooked on this one.  What would we all do without Real Simple?  Seriously.  I've learned more tips and tricks from that magazine than I can count!  Thank you, Real Simple, for keeping life real simple.

I'd say this is a must make today.  Your garden has to be overflowing with basil by now {I know our CSA boxes have been}.  Don't let the basil go to waste.  Please.

Here are a couple ideas - but the options really are endless.  Be creative {smashed potatoes with basil oil, anyone?}

Basil Oil with Grilled Chicken

Basil Oil with Green & Yellow Beans, topped with goat cheese

Basil Oil
Recipe adapted from Real Simple
Photos by A Toast to Taste

Ingredients Needed:
2 cups fresh basil
1 large clove garlic
1/2 to 3/4 cup good olive oil
pinch of kosher salt and ground pepper

In a blender, puree basil, garlic, and olive oil until smooth {I actually like my basil a little chunkier so I didn't puree completely.  Also, I did not drain my through a sieve as Real Simple suggests}.  Season with salt and pepper, pulse a couple times.  Pour oil over food of choice and enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. I am hoping to start a garden this spring and basil is one of my faves so I hope to grow a lot of it! Thanks for this recipe!


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