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Jul 31, 2013 08:07 AM

Lots of basil

My friend gave me a large bag filled with basil.
Other than basil pesto, what can I do with so much basil?
I was thinking about sauteed thai basil chicken? and maybe tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
Any other ideas?

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  1. Good on a hamburger.....etc.

    1. Make a huge batch of pesto and freeze it in ice cube trays or small baggies. You will be huggung yourself in the dead of winter with a fresh basil pesto dinner!!! Lots of people say that when making it to freeze, leave out the cheese and add it when you actually use it. I have not found this to be necessary, myself.

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          1. re: Monica

            You can blend the basil with oil (but not make pesto) or even in just a tiny bit of water and freeze them like the Dorot packages that Trader Joes carries. Really handy for when you need just a touch of basil in a recipe or for popping into soups and stews in the winter time.

            Personally, I never get tired of caprese salads (and sandwiches when I still ate bread.)

        1. Wilt a bunch of basil in olive oil and butter, then toss with pasta, grated parmesan and breadcrumbs.

          Make a pizza and layer on the basil. Basil even makes frozen pizza taste better.

          But the best way to use it up is Taiwanese "3 cups chicken". Mix 1 cup soy sauce, 1 cup rice wine and 1 cup sesame oil to make a braising liquid, then simmer with a pinch of sugar, a handful of chopped shallots and sliced ginger. Use the liquid to braise chicken drumsticks over low heat for about 1/2 hour. Add lots of basil leaves, then braise for another 1/2 hour until basil is wilted and liquid is almost completely evaporated into a sticky glaze. This is a salty dish that should be eaten with steamed rice.

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          1. re: RealMenJulienne

            Sounds delicious but 1 cup of sesame oil? You sure???

            1. re: Monica

              That's the classic ratio, but I admit I always use less. usually about 1/3 cup.

          2. Make an herb salad using basil, parsley, mint, arugula and chives or a white pizza with garlic, basil and figs. Also make basil ice cream, it's outstanding.

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            1. re: treb

              Last time I tried to make pizza, it came out too doughy..i couldn't handle the dough well but white pizza with fig sounds delicious.

              1. re: Monica

                Buy the dough at your fav super market or bakery. Also, make sure your oven is screaming hot.

            2. I keep hearing about the deliciousness of basil simple syrup in/on desserts and drinks. Haven't tried it but if you're feeling adventurous,

              Maybe also a basil-y tomato sauce??

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              1. re: Siegal

                I actually had ice cream with infused basil in an Indian resto. and it tasted really refreshing.