Saturday, September 24, 2011

What to do with basil

A subscriber asked for some suggestions on how to use the basil that came in last Thursday's box. 
  • You can use it in sauces and soups.
  • Snip off the end of the stem, put the cut ends in a cup of water and store them in the refrigerator with a plastic bag over the leaves, just as you would store cilantro.
Here are a few recipe suggestions.

Tomato-cucumber salad:
  • chop some tomatoes* and cucumbers*
  • dice some sweet onions*
  • chop some basil leaves*
  • (optional) add minced garlic 
  • (optional) add cubed mozzarella aka home-style cheese (the kind you buy in a ball)
  • season with red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste
  • * all items contained in last Thursday's box! 
  • I would have added a photo of this salad, but our family already demolished it.
  • pre-warm oven on the broil setting
  • set a rack right under the broiler element (or use a BBQ)
  • chop tomatoes, onion and basil leaves
  • mince garlic 
  • add olive oil
  • mix
  • season mixture with salt and pepper and let steep for 10 minutes
  • brush sliced bread with olive oil
  • put bread under the broiler for 1-2 minutes
  • remove bread from the oven
  • cut bread into serving-size pieces (if needed)
  • top with tomato-basil mixture
Antipasto platter:
  • slice beefsteak tomatoes and mozzarella
  • arrange on platter with (optional) salami or proscuitto
  • top with chopped basil
  • drizzle olive oil over platter
White bean spread (especially fast with a food processor):
  • process a few garlic cloves
  • add basil leaves and pulse
  • add cooked white/canneloni beans and olive oil and pulse
  • stir in salt and pepper to taste
  • serve over bread

1 comment:

Penny L. Richards said...

It's also good on pizza, and on grilled-cheese sandwiches. Not complicated, but delicious. ;)