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Oct 1, 2006 12:36 AM

What to do with Lots of Basil Besides Pesto?

My husband recently returned from the Farmers' Market with three gigantic bunches of fresh basil. My second daughter has recently decided she hates pesto. What can we do besides making pesto and serving the pasta with butter and cheese for the pesto-averse one?

I don't think she minds the taste of basil; she just doesn't like pesto for some reason.

I'd love any suggestions.


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  1. Here is a recipe for basil beer bread that I made about a month ago. It's heavy, as any type of beer bread will be, but it is quite good.

    1. Even though it's not Thai basil you could try using it as though it were. I like to mix together a mixture of lime juice, sugar and fish sauce. Stirfry some scallions and garlic and some kind of meat or seafood and a hot pepper if you like things hot. Add the sauce, stir in the basil at the last minute and serve with rice.

      1. I wrap corn on the cob with basil, then wrap corn in wet paper towel, then foil, and gill it. wonderful

        Use the basil in a spaghetti sauce.

        Take a cracker, put cream cheese on it, then basil, then sun dried tomatoe.

        1. I love sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and chopped basil drizzled w/evoo and sprinkled w/ s and p. Makes for a great salad. Can also makes this combo as a bruschetta or as a homemade pizza. YUM!

          1. Basil Oil...

            Take equal parts basil and spinach (not from CA) Blanch in boiling water, very quickly, then shock in ice water. Ring out excess water in towels.

            In food processor or blender, add 2 cups oil and half the blanched greens. Blend on high, add the rest of greens through feeder, add a pinch of salt to preserve the color. Stop blending one the temp of the oil is slightly above body temp, heat will oxidize the greens and turn the oil black.

            Strain through cheese cloth, store in airtight container and refridgerate.