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Jul 27, 2008 05:29 PM

What to do with Basil, besides pesto?

Bought a big bunch of basil today, made some pesto for a marinade, but still have a lot left. What else would be good to do with it? In salads, and?

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  1. I put it on homemade pizza.

    1. I put some into a chicken stir fry the other day. It was really tasty.

      1. Greek salad. Tomato, cucumber, red onion, black olives, lots of basil, feta cheese (optional), oil, vinegar or lemon juice, salt (optional, especially if you're using feta). We practically live on the stuff during the summer.

        You can also use it to infuse vinegar or olive oil.

        I tried making basil liqueur last year, but, well, some failures are healthy for any cook.

        1. Thick slice of heirloom tomato, a few basil leaves, a slice of good mozzarella, drizzled with good olive oil and a grind of fresh pepper. One of my favorite summer appetizer/sides.

          1. We use it in gazpacho. Also with fresh tomatoes and a simple garlic/ balsamic vinaigrette. (Lots of people add fresh mozzarella to this.) It's also great in all kinds of sandwiches/wraps/paninis and with any fresh fish. I've also used it with smoked salmon and lemon and a little sour cream. I use the basil leaves to wrap up the smoked salmon and a dab of sour cream. Very delicate and delicious.