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Aug 2, 2009 01:26 AM

Too Much Basil

This summer one of the few successful crops I've had is my basil plant, which has grown wildly. Unfortunately, a few of the leaves are beginning to wilt and I guess I have to do something with them quickly. I'm a big basil fan and would love some basil-prominent dishes. Any suggestions, besides pesto and tomato sauce?

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  1. Don't laugh as I'm completely serious: ice cream or gelato. And if you're not an ice cream maker, you can make a custard or creme brulee infused with basil, too. I made gelato with cinnamon basil and 1/2 a cinnamon stick. Google around and you will find other combos that may work for you. Here's my cinnamon basil gelato recipe for starters:

    I know there are lots of Thai dishes and curries with basil, and though they use a different type of basil, I'm sure you could improvise and come up with something tasty.

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    1. re: kattyeyes

      Oh, our local ice cream shop makes a basil ice cream that is to die for. I vote for that. I'd probably blanch the basil really quick, dunk it in ice water, and blitz it in something going into the base. I bet David Leibovitz has a recipe.

      1. re: Vetter

        Look again, ol' kattyeyes has a recipe, too. ;) No need to blanch and blitz the basil--see link above. You let the leaves infuse as you're cooking the custard, then strain them. I've done the same when making fresh mint ice cream and lavender creme brulee. Works like a charm.

    2. Caprese Salad for one

      1. Focaccia Burgers.......Bread, Meat, Tomato, Mozzarella, and lots of basil.


        1. in stews. in thai food. in chinese food. as part of a steak sauce. in mashed potatoes. inside a whole grilled fish.


          1. shredded and added to a green salad.

            in couscous

            in lentils

            with scrambled eggs