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Jul 4, 2007 05:47 AM

Fresh Basil

I have more fresh basil than I know what to do with. Besides pesto, which I already have made, can anyone suggest recipes that use a lot of basil?

Thank you.

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  1. I made meatballs a while back that called for a loooot of basil, I think.

    Have a party and serve mozzerella/tomato/basil appetizers? That should decimate your plant pretty quick!

    1. We discovered by accident that a sprig of fresh bsil in a gin and tonic is very good.

      You can also make basil jelly, follow the same recipe any book n jams and jellies gives for mint jelly. The basil jelly is pretty and goes nicely with meats.

      1. make compound butter, roll in wax paper and freeze.

        muddle it with strawberries for mojitos.

        julienne a big pile of it. mix it in a large bowl with chopped tomatoes, olive oil and salt and pepper. let sit at room temp for several hours. cook up a big pot of linguine. while that cooks, chop some brie or goat cheese into the basil mix. pour the hot cooked pasta over the mix and combine. the aromas are heavenly. finish with lemon zest.

        1. Use it in place of lettuce on sandwiches. Particularly good on chicken or tomato sandwiches. Pile it on. I use an amazing quantity this way.

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          1. re: MakingSense

            I use it instead of lettuce on burgers, especially Lamb burgers!

          2. Here's a good pasta recipe from Bon Appetit I cook that uses fistfuls of the stuff. I use chicken thighs instead of rabbit.