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    A friend of mine gave me a big bag of fresh basil. Although I use jared basil from time to time for cooking, I have no idea what to do with it! I hate for it to go to waste. Can I dry it out for later use or does anyone have any ideas as to what to do with a quantity of fresh basil?

  • #2
    Re: what to do with fresh basil

    Pesto
    dry it for the future
    make a short pasta sauce with fresh tomatoes
    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, basil! Laura

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    • #3
      Re: what to do with fresh basil

      I had Tomato and Basil soup that was good.

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      • #4
        Re: what to do with fresh basil

        I would make pesto. I typically make a gallon of it a year, and hen freeze it in little jars or ziplock bags.

        Last year I also chopped it and drizzled it in olive oil and froze 1 Tablespoon in small ziplock bags (I get the tiny bags from Michaels craft store).

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        • #5
          Re: what to do with fresh basil

          Brucshetta (sp?). Fresh mozzarella, basil, red onion and tomato with basamic vinegarette salad. Fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil pizza.

          Yummy!!

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          • #6
            Re: what to do with fresh basil

            Here are a few things that I just love..love all recipes




            Tomato Basil Dip

            Recipe By :Love All Recipes
            Serving Size : 14 Preparation Time :0:00
            Categories :

            Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
            -------- ------------ --------------------------------
            8 ounces cream cheese -- softened
            4 Roma tomatos -- chopped
            4 Tablespoons Zesty Italian Dressing
            1/2 cup parmesan cheese
            4 tablespoons fresh basil

            Spread softened cheese into the bottom of a 9 inch pie pan. Mix tomatoes and dressing;spoon over cheese. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and basil. Serve with wheat thins or veggies. Enjoy!!

            Yield:
            "1 3/4 "





            Fresh Tomato Tart

            Recipe By :Love All Recipes
            Serving Size : 0 Preparation Time :0:00
            Categories :

            Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
            -------- ------------ --------------------------------
            1 Pastry Dough (I used Pillsbury rolled refrigerated dough)
            2 Fresh Tomatoes (depending on size) -- (2 to 4)
            8 ounces Mozzarella Cheese (shredded)
            2 Tablespoons Fresh Basil (chopped)
            Virgin Olive Oil
            Nature's Seasoning


            Preheat Oven to 400;
            Roll out pastry dough into a tart dish;
            Add cheese evenly on top of pie dough;
            Add chopped basil evenly on top of cheese;
            Place sliced tomatoes on top covering completely (can even have tomatoes slightly overlapping)
            Sprinkle generously with olive oil;
            Top off with Nature's Seasoning; and
            Bake for approximately 30 minutes.

            Note: Cover edges of pie shell with strips of foil while baking.

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            • #7
              Re: what to do with fresh basil

              Bruschetta
              tomatoes (roma) chopped and seeded
              red onion chopped
              fresh basil
              good seasons dry italian dressing packet
              olive oil

              mix all and let marinate for several hours

              Brush baguette with olive oil on both sides and warm up in oven.

              Top with tomato mix and warm, put on some fresh parmesan cheese and brown up.


              Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil Salad Recipe
              5 min | 5 min prep

              SERVES 4 , 1 serving dish

              4 large tomatoes
              2 cups mozzarella cheese
              8-10 leaves fresh basil
              4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
              salt and pepper
              balsamic vinegar (optional)
              Slice tomatoes and mozzarella cheese same thickness.
              Arrange the tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil alternating in a circle around a decorative serving dish.
              Drizzle with olive oil (and balsamic vinegar if desired).
              Serve with salt and pepper to individual taste.

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              • #8
                Re: what to do with fresh basil

                Stack and Roll leaves tightly; slice as thin as you can;
                Put in ice cube trays; top trays with water and freeze.
                When frozen, pop the basil cubes, store in a zip-lock bag.
                Easy add-to for soups, stews, sauces, etc.

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                • #9
                  Re: what to do with fresh basil

                  I have a lot of basil in my garden now, and I have been making pesto and freezing some for future use.

                  Pesto:
                  3 Cups loosely packed fresh basil
                  3/4 Cup olive oil
                  1/4 Cup pine nuts
                  3 garlic cloves, peeled
                  1 teaspoon salt
                  1/2 Cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
                  Put basil, oil, pine nuts, garlic and salt into a blender or food processor. Process until smooth. Pour sauce into a small bowl. Add parmesan cheese. Mix to blend.
                  When I freeze the pesto, I do not add the parmesan cheese as it will darken the pesto. When I am ready to use the pesto, I let it thaw, then add the cheese before serving.
                  Yields 1 Cup

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