good idea for extra basil?
My basil outside is in its swan song. Going crazy, and it's getting a little tough. I've made lots of pesto, and had more than a few caprese salads. Anything else inventive and simple I can do with my leftover basil?
I love basil! Put it in red pasta sauce (you can make a bunch and freeze what you don't use), make a pizza (it's super easy to make your own dough, but you can buy pre-made as well or use a tortilla for a "thin crust") with some olive oil, basil, fresh tomatoes, and a little mozzerella, it's great in omelets, sprinkle it on top of some bruschetta, or you could make bloodly marys with basil muddled in the bottom so that it subtly infuses the drink with a nice, fresh basil taste.
I'm sure you could also dry it and store it in a spice jar?
grapefruit and basil sorbet is delicious!!! A friend made some and brought it to a pot-luck a few years ago. Come to think of it, it was a Granita. Sure you can find a recipe here or elsewhere on the interweb... Adam
This works especially well with the flowering heads. Cover masses of the fragrant bounty with olive oil and heat- no bubbles or boiling, just long enough to pass the basil flavor into the oil. This may required numerous taste tests with bits of bread dipped in the pot (actually avoid contamination with crumbs- put a dab in a spoon and apply to bread). Store in fridge. Hardens, but goes liquid quickly when brought to room temp. Lovely on its own or added to pasta, potatoes, rice just before serving to preserve the basil flavor. Give some to your friends and they will owe you big time. This can use up tons. Also when baking, broiling, grilling- use bunches as a bed. Note that all the above are using the whole bunches as you snip them off- no picking leaves off or chopping.
basil oil is lovely, i agree. i also blend it into regular recipes for hummus for a non-traditional twist.
for something more unusual, boil with sugar and water for basil simple syrup. it's great in cocktails (i.e. basil mohitos). if you drink, you could also made infused vodkas for straight drinking or for use in a vodka martini.
add it to gazpacho for a non-traditional version.
chop fine and mix it into bread dough for herbed dinner rolls.