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What to do with Cinnamon Basil???

Babs Jun 12, 2010 08:16 AM

I found this at the farmers market and planted 4 of them. They have grown like crazy and now need first harvesting. I am not sure what to do with the fragrant and spicy herb. Any suggestions are appreciated.

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    morwen Jun 13, 2010 06:00 AM

    I did a cinnamon basil strawberry jam this year. It's the first time I've grown it as well. Definitely like it with fruits, haven't tried it savory yet but I'm thinking it would be good with ham or pork. Hmmmm.... I think I'll try making herb jelly with it for use as a glaze. Cinnamon basil glazed chicken. Gotta go cut some!

    1. chefj Jun 12, 2010 09:44 AM

      Cinnamon Basil works really well with Asian inspired foods. It seems to have a flavor profile very much like Holy Basil, spicy and herbal.
      It also works very well with fruits and in drinks. Hmmm, Cinnamon Basil Gimlet??

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        Babs Jun 12, 2010 01:22 PM

        I love gimlets, will definately give it a try. Gin or Vodka? I prefer Gin.
        Thank you

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          chefj Jun 12, 2010 06:46 PM

          I am a sucker for Gin.

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        ApprenticeGourmet Jun 12, 2010 09:36 AM

        try making a pesto with some olive oil, garlic, parmesan and a dash of lemon juice (or whatever your favorite pesto recipe is). Since tomatoes are just in season right now where I am I would recommend sliced heirloom tomatoes drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, then topped with shredded basil, fresh mozzarella, and some pepper.

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