I accidently bought fresh basil inst of culantro >>what to do with it?
I was going to make sofrito. oh well, this is how new ideas come about.
Any suggestions? Please, no pesto, prefer no pasta (too many carbs), and recipes that use more than a teaspoon or two of fresh basil. I have a huge bunch.
Thanks for your ideas!
I realize that you said no pesto, but maybe you could make it and put it on chicken or fish, rather than pasta. Plus, if you have a lot, pesto freezes really well.
Also, today I was watching Giada De Laurentis and she made a Baked Squash Gratin, which has pesto in it. It looked tasty!
(I love pesto!)
Oh, forgot. IF you can find some decent tomatoes -- Buy some FRESH mozzerella. Slice the tomatoes, slice the mozzerella, chop the basil and sprinkle over tomatoes and cheese. Drizzle with olive oil. Simple and perfect.
I've had great success freezing Thai basil and some of the spicier basils, but I admit I've never tried it with sweet basil (if that's what you have).
Roughly chop leaves. Gently press into ice cube trays (filling each about half way). Add just enough water to cover. Freeze. Once frozen, store cubes in baggie in freezer. Toss in a cube or two at the end of cooking a pasta dish. The cube melts right in, and the flavor is surprisingly fresh.