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Basil recipes other than pesto..

punkgrrl25 Apr 5, 2011 08:58 PM

I've recently become somewhat enamored with basil. I love adding it to things, mixing it into cottage cheese with some fire roasted tomatoes, putting it on cheeseburgers, adding it to sandwiches, etc.. I have a big basil plant growing and I'd love some new recipes to use it in. The problem is, for the most part, I search "basil recipes" and either thai basil recipes come up, or just pesto. Can any one offer up some new recipes for me?

Thanks!

  1. mamachef Apr 10, 2011 11:06 AM

    Blended gently into burger meat that you've added a bit of parmesan and some finely minced garlic and sundried tomatoes to: grilled and served with pesto-lemon mayo and arugula on a great bun.
    Basil leaves, chiffonade, are wonderful tossed into your green salad and dressed with a fresh basil/balsamico vinaigrette. (But we really, REALLY love basil here, so....).
    It's great in an Italian-themed rice or pasta salad, and most Asian foods require it...
    And when you roll back around to good old pesto, try butterflying a pork loin and spreading with pesto and minced garlic; re-rolling, tying and grilling it...or oven baking, and serve with rice/spinach stuffed grilled tomatoes.......crazy good combo.

    1. Uncle Bob Apr 10, 2011 10:45 AM

      Focaccia Burger ~~~ .Two pieces of your best Focaccia Bread...ground meat patty... fresh tomato....Mozzarella cheese, and copious amounts of basil....S&P with a drizzle of olive oil.......

      Enjoy!

      1. YAYME Apr 10, 2011 12:58 AM

        Basil Mango Summer rolls were a hit in my house this summer.

        1. alkapal Apr 9, 2011 08:17 PM

          not a recipe really, but make a salad caprese and use mozzarella di bufala and little cherry tomatoes sliced in half & drizzled with a peppery EVOO, put on plate with sliced prosciutto (or my newest LOVE: speck from olli salumeria) and toasted italian bread slices. scatter your basil leaves around. combine bites in different arrangements for fun. close your eyes and taste "summer.'

          i had this dish with burrata on friday at a local pizza place that gets it every friday and saturday shipped directly from naples, italy. info on burrata: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burrata

          more burrata info: http://leitesculinaria.com/52411/writ...

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          1. re: alkapal
            The Drama Queen Apr 10, 2011 12:23 AM

            The Caprese salad is definitely one of the best uses for basil. I put several leaves on the bottom slice of bread for grilled cheese sandwiches. Top with Havarti cheese, top that with thinly sliced tomatoes, top that with more cheese and grill til golden brown. The warm basil leaves give the lowly grilled cheese sandwich a fabulous flavor.

            1. re: alkapal
              goodhealthgourmet Apr 10, 2011 12:39 AM

              mmm, i can't wait for tomato season!!! Jersey Beefsteaks always make the thought of braving the East Coast humidity to visit my family during the summer a bit more tolerable :)

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                The Drama Queen Apr 10, 2011 10:08 AM

                You're right on about the Beefsteak tomatoes. We can't get them in Vegas since they don't travel well and no one raises them here so I'm told. I spend the summer in Michigan and the local farmers' markets have them all summer. I agree that the occassional humidity is worth it for the corn, tomatoes and fresh everything the markets offer.

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              LUV_TO_EAT Apr 8, 2011 02:57 PM

              Spicy Thai Basil Chicken (Gai Pad Graprow)

              Can be made with ground meat or diced/chunks. Usually I deep fry/shallow fry a ton a basil and add it as a garnish as well.

              Something like this.

              http://www.templeofthai.com/recipes/b...

              Thai and Vietnamese use basil/anise flavoured herbs quite a bit. Use their recipes as inspiration for using basil.

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                mickeygee Apr 7, 2011 08:41 AM

                Basil lemon cake. It's a vanilla cake with lots of fresh chopped basil and lemon zest. I don't have the recipe on me at the moment, but will try and remember to post it when I'm back home.

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                  mickeygee Apr 8, 2011 03:50 AM

                  Here's the Basil Lemon Cake

                  2 1/2 cups cake flour
                  2 1/2 tsp baking powder
                  1/2 tsp salt
                  1/2 cup butter, softened
                  1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
                  2 large eggs beaten
                  1/2 cup chopped basil
                  2 tbsp finely grated lemon zest
                  1 tsp vanilla extract
                  1 cup + 2 tbsp buttermilk
                  berries, whipped cream or ice cream

                  preheat oven to 375. Lightly oil a 9" springform pan
                  Medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt
                  Place butter an sugar in a large bowl and beat till creamy. Add eggs, basil, zest and vanilla. Beat till blended. Add flour mixture, alternating with buttermilk (3 batches) and mix on low till smooth. Pour into pan and bake for 35-45 minutes.

                  It gets better the next day too, when the citrus flavor penetrates even more.

                2. h
                  haiku. Apr 7, 2011 01:36 AM

                  Basil and lemon granita or sorbet. So good.

                  Also, adding crushed basil to a passion fruit cordial and lemonade/soda drink. Works really well together.

                  1. HillJ Apr 6, 2011 08:11 PM

                    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/mi...

                    Basil Ice Cream (I crushed a chewable rosehip for the Vit C powder
                    )so delicious with a slice of chocolate pound cake

                    1. v
                      veenaprasad Apr 6, 2011 05:23 PM

                      I hear you and I hate wasting good herbs! The above suggestions are all great. I'd add some easy ones: basil on bruschetta, basil in stir fries and of course pizza. Or basil tea? Just boil in water and add honey and a slice of lemon. Or basil lemonade.
                      Another take on pesto would be to add it to a small bowl of yogurt or sour cream for a dip.

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                        chefathome Apr 6, 2011 11:17 AM

                        Make some basil jelly! It goes wonderfully with savoury dishes or with the usual goat's cheese and crackers.

                        You can also fry quickly which make the leaves crunchy and delicious sprinkled on pasta, risotto and hundreds of other things.

                        1. biondanonima Apr 6, 2011 10:27 AM

                          I like it in salads - just use whole leaves as you would baby spinach, mixed with other baby greens or lettuces to cut the flavor if your basil is extra pungent. You can also use it half and half with spinach in spanakopita or any other type of spinach-filled thing. Half and half with spinach in dip recipes works too.

                          1. chef chicklet Apr 6, 2011 10:10 AM

                            One of my favorite dishes, Thai shrimp basil and Jasmine rice!

                            I know it would be best with Thai Basil, but I've used my own regular Italian basil and it works beautifully. Make it spicy!

                            and another one that I've done is cream and basil biscuits. Very nice, a recipe I discovered while obsessed with making tall and delcious biscuits for biscuits and gravy.

                            1. ipsedixit Apr 6, 2011 10:09 AM

                              Basil sauce.

                              Rough chop basil, toss with equal parts soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and sesame oil, and then add some salt, pepper and diced garlic. Toss and refrigerate overnight.

                              Goes great as a topping / sauce for things like pork loin, tuna, chicken, crostini, or even just as a spread for an Italian sub.

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                              1. re: ipsedixit
                                alkapal Apr 6, 2011 10:13 AM

                                oooh, sounds great for fish! hmm, i wonder how it'd make a tuna salad?

                                1. re: alkapal
                                  ipsedixit Apr 6, 2011 10:19 AM

                                  I throw in chopped basil leaves all the time into my tuna and chicken (and salmon) salads all the time. Brings a nice "refershing" taste.

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                                    Philly Ray Apr 6, 2011 10:23 AM

                                    Here's one with basil and mint that tastes really good.

                                    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gi...

                                    1. re: Philly Ray
                                      alkapal Apr 6, 2011 05:10 PM

                                      that looks good, yes it does! thanks.

                                2. todao Apr 6, 2011 09:57 AM

                                  Finely chopped and added to the batter for a cheese omelet (any kind of cheese) and top with a sprinkle of Parmesan.
                                  Finely chopped and mixed into olive oil with some minced garlic (allow to rest in refrigerator for a couple of days) then toss with boiled spaghetti. Simple dish; very satisfying.
                                  Add it to bread dough for a basil herb bread or use it similarly in dinner rolls.
                                  Blend with goat cheese and use as filling for dinner crepes. (You could also use a ricotta here)

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                                  1. re: todao
                                    alkapal Apr 6, 2011 10:04 AM

                                    blend with goat cheese and stuff into ravioli, too!

                                  2. alkapal Apr 6, 2011 05:53 AM

                                    you could do a baked stuffed tomato, using some chopped basil and a grain or wild rice or quinoa type product, with maybe some pork sausage in there, too.

                                    it is good to make a salsa type topping for garlic bread or bruschetta.

                                    it would be good in stir frying some ground pork

                                    i googled "italian basil" and got plenty of links. this one for chicken with basil and prosciutto was near the top. http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/it...

                                    1. pdxgastro Apr 6, 2011 12:41 AM

                                      Basil Liqueur!

                                      Italians make liqueurs with all sorts of aromatic fruits and berries. My bro-in-law gave me a recipe book that even calls for cutting young pine cones in half and infusing them in alcohol.

                                      Ok, so you put 40 basil leaves and 2 cups of grain alcohol (Everclear if you can get it, or Vodka) in a jar or container with a tight lid. Store it in a dark place for 4 weeks. Shake it every now and then. Then strain the basil leaves out of the alcohol and mix the (now green) alcohol with 2 cups of simple syrup (2 cups sugar/1 cup water) and pour it into a pretty bottle. A dash of this is really good in lemonade.

                                      1. goodhealthgourmet Apr 5, 2011 09:13 PM

                                        make basil oil. it keeps longer than the fresh herb, and you can use it in preparations where the leaves might turn bitter or muddy.

                                        http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/rec...

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