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redglass Jul 15, 2005 04:56 PM

I have a HUGE bunch of lime basil that I received this week from my CSA and I haven't a clue what to do with it. Ok, a couple ideas, but I need some help here. Here's my ideas so far:

-buy some booze use it in cocktails;
-make a sorbet (but I don't have an ice cream maker, which makes this more difficult!);
-use in place of thai basil in Stir Fried Chicken with Holy Basil from Hot Sour Salty Sweet

I love the taste of it and I don't want to waste this herb. Anyone have any ideas? Many thanks!!

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    anna RE: redglass Jul 15, 2005 05:01 PM

    How about making pesto? You can freeze it in portions and will have a great pasta sauce anytime.

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      Funwithfood RE: anna Jul 15, 2005 05:39 PM

      My first thought too! Believe me, making pesto uses A LOT of basil. You feel like you start with a ton, then you end up with just a small amount of pesto. I also freeze mine in 2-6 ounce ramekins or souffle cups. Just as good out of the freezer--even one year later!

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        redglass RE: Funwithfood Jul 15, 2005 10:11 PM

        I thought of pesto too, but the almost overwhelming lime taste would make just using a normal italian-style pesto recipe unsuitable.

        I'm thinking of using some high-quality vegetable oil, some pine nuts, and maybe a thai chile, some shallot and a bit of ginger just to see what it tastes like.

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          wally RE: redglass Jul 16, 2005 01:50 AM

          In spite of my misgivings, lemon basil made an all right pesto. Not standard, and not what I wanted but it was all right.

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            julesrules RE: redglass Jul 16, 2005 01:14 PM

            Google "asian pesto" for some recipes similar to what you descibe. Can be made with peanuts (or cashews or macademia I suppose).
            I also had basil limeade at a restaurant once, very tasty, perhaps you can make a drink with some of it.

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        babette feasts RE: redglass Jul 16, 2005 02:33 AM

        since you don't have a sorbet maker, make granita

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          cap RE: redglass Jul 18, 2005 10:00 AM

          Mojitos!!
          Mango salsa.
          Add a handful of lime basil to a chicken coconut milk curry just before serving.
          Marinate small slices of pork in a mixture of lime basil, fish sauce and chiles, then grill.

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