I bought a fresh basil plant in my supermarket - now I need ideas on how to use it!
I love Ensalada Caprese - but need some other ideas. How do you use it? I'm interested in recipes to cook with it as well as in raw in salads etc. Thanks!
Have you ever made pesto, and if not, do you have a cookbook to walk you through the process? Actually, are you going to use it as a window plant or will you plant it outside? You might only get enough to make pesto if you plant it outside.
Add a chiffonade to pasta with tomato sauce once it's plated; chop and add to homemade vinaigrettes; toss torn leaves into any green salad for a nice bright flavor. Great on sandwiches with roasted red peppers and a nice cheese.
Basil doesn't hold up well to long cooking, it is best added at the last minute to cooked dishes else you lose the bright fresh flavor. I add it to home made tomato or other pasta sauces, and it can be used in Thai cooking as a substitute for Thai basil (I'm assuming you purchased genovese basil).
And of course, basil's highest use is pesto as Jay F mentions.
you might want to consider that basil is a member of the mint family... and imagine trading them experimentally... I've seen savory herbs used in desserts lately and I think it's a happy marriage. if you decide to make pesto I've always added a bit of curley parsley to the food processor to give the pesto a fresh green color.