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Aug 18, 2006 04:47 AM

Need new ideas for using basil

I have two beautiful basil plants that are in full bloom. Any new recipe ideas? I prefer not to make pesto. And I've made every variation of basil with tomato (e.g. caprese, fresh tomatoes and pasta, etc.).

I could try a stir-fry with basil and beef. Any other ideas?

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  1. put it in your sandwich in place of lettuce

    1. under the skin of beer can chicken

      1. A favorite dessert of mine is one that's derived from a Ken Hom recipe. It's a summer fruit compote that is flavored with a vanilla bean/basil syrup. Use the basil stems - after picking the leaves - to steep in a syrup made with vanilla beans. Gently warm peaches/nectarines, berries (rasberries give a nice pink hue) whatever fruit you like in the syrup. At the last minute, toss in the basil leaves and serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

          1. re: yayadave

            You could also do an orange-basil granita

          2. I've been making basil & arugula fritattas.