Recipe 8 of my 100 Healthy Recipes Challenge, a lovely sweet smelling homemade Basil Oil. Basil plants are usually prolific and the leaves need to be plucked frequently in order for the plant to thrive. I have a pot of basil in my little (5 pot) balcony garden, and it keeps me well supplied with fresh basil leaves. So what do you do with all that basil? Well, you could try this Homemade Basil Oil.
For preparing Homemade Basil Oil, you need a pot and a strainer to blanch the basil leaves, and a blender to puree the mixture. If you make fresh salads often, it is worthwhile investing in a salad spinner, to shake out the water clinging to your salad leaves, greens, and of course for this basil oil. It is the water content in basil oil that can develop botulism, so if you want the oil to last for a while and for safe consumption, the drier the basil, the better. I use a Salad spinner, and it has become indispensable!
The homemade basil oil is full of flavour and aroma. Sprinkle it on soup, use as a dip for crusty bread, layer it on pita or any flatbread, sprinkle on tomatoes and mozzarella in a salad or or on sandwich, use it to flavour you tomato and cheese quesadilla, the options are so many!
Click on the names below for recipes on this blog using Homemade Basil Oil
Easy Tomato Salad – substitute Basil oil for the Basil dressing in the recipe
Watermelon Bocconcini Arugula Salad with Basil Oil
You could also make Basil Pesto, from the recipe on this blog, suitable for both Green and Purple basil.