Basil: More recipes
Basil: More recipes
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Remember, those of you in the colder climates, that basil will not tolerate even a light frost, so harvest before it becomes too cool.
You can try digging plants and bringing indoors, but it usually works better to plant a new pot or two for the windowsill. For a more detailed basil profile visit here.
Tomato Basil Lasagna
1 box (10 ounces) no-cook lasagna noodles
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound shredded mozzarella cheese
2 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes, drained well
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine the mozzarella, drained tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil and 2/3 cups of the grated Parmesan. Set aside. Cook several noodles at a time, cooking for 2 minutes. Drain well. Coat the bottom of a 9x13 glass baking dish with olive oil. Line the bottom of the pan with noodles and cover with a layer of the mozzarella mixture. Repeat layers until all noodles and filling are used, ending with a layer of pasta. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup of bread crumbs and a light drizzle of olive oil. Bake, uncovered for 20 minutes, until bubbly and top is golden. Allow to sit 10 minutes before serving. Makes 6 servings.
Basil Garlic Vinegar
wine or white vinegar
1 cup fresh basil
2 cloves garlic, peeled
optional: a sprig or two of lemon verbena or lemon balm
Rinse and dry basil thoroughly. Place herbs in a quart jar. Pour in vinegar and cap. Allow to sit for about a month before using, occasionally shaking. Then remove herbs and label. Use for dressing, marinades or sauces.
Basil Bean Dip
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1 19 oz. can white beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup olive oil
4 tsp. wine or herb vinegar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
Blanch garlic for 2 minutes in boiling water. Cool. Mash garlic, beans, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper until smooth. Stir in fresh, chopped basil. Chill.
1/2 cup plain yogurt, light or regular
3 Tbsp. low-fat cottage cheese
2 Tbsp. finely-minced fresh basil
1 tsp. granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. herb vinegar
Salt and black pepper, to taste
Place all ingredients except salt and pepper into a blender and puree until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Fresh Green Beans and Basil
1 pound fresh green beans
1 tsp. herb vinegar
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
1/4 cup fresh basil, thinly sliced
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook green beans for 5 to 6 minutes until just tender. Drain well. In the same pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Add green beans, herb vinegar, salt and pepper; stir to coat. Cook for 1 minute, then remove from heat. Toss with basil and serve immediately.
Bass With Basil
2 pounds striped bass filets
3 tablespoons olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon (fresh)
4-6 tablespoons butter
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons basil, finely chopped
Dash of cayenne pepper
Marinate the fish in the oil and lemon juice for at least 30 minutes before grilling. Grill for 10-15 minutes, turning once. The length of time depends upon the thickness of the fillet. Heat the butter in a saucepan and sautÃ© the garlic for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently on low heat. Do not let it brown. Add the basil and a dash of cayenne pepper. Remove from the heat. Drizzle the garlic butter over the top of the fish just before serving. NOTE: You can substitute orange roughy, snapper,halibut or seabass filets.
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