Sweet Cooking

10 Ways to Use Fresh Basil

In Just Good Food, Miscellaneous on August 6, 2010 at 7:45 am

1. Caprese Salad

Stack fresh tomatoes, basil leaves mozzarella cheese. Drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

My favorite summer salad - delicious!

2. Dan’s Egg Scramble

Lightly beat eggs, add some chopped basil, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Scramble the eggs as you normally would.

This is basically the breakfast version of the caprese salad!

3. Pesto

Basil pesto couldn’t be easier to make. It’s great with pastas and meats or used as a sandwich spread. Follow Fine Cooking’s recipe for Basic Basil Pesto.

4. Basil Butter

Add chopped basil and a little garlic to one stick of butter. Spread over grilled meats or on a piece of bread. Yum!

5. Basil Gelato

I’ve had this at a restaurant before, but I’ve never made it at home. It may sound strange, but try it…I’ve never met a gelato that I didn’t like. I’m definitely going to make this recipe from Bon Appetit.

6. Feta Basil Sandwich

I made this for lunch one day when I was really low on ingredients. I had feta cheese and Greek yogurt. I mixed up the cheese and yogurt with some salt and pepper and chopped basil. I put it on a roll with a tomato slice.

This was a nice impromptu lunch.

7. Have a cocktail!

That’s right…basil is a great way to spruce up a drink. Try making this Strawberry-Basil Martini.

8. Pasta Toss

I love a simple pasta dish. Prepare the pasta of your choice.  Add freshly chopped basil (and any other herbs), cheese of your choice, and fresh veggies. Toss the pasta in some good olive oil. So simple and delicious!

9. Save it!

You can easily freeze basil. Simply wash and dry the leaves and place them in a plastic bag. Freeze for up to 6 months.

10. Get Rid of Acne

Basil contains antibacterial components. Who knew?

Using basil to cleanse your skin is pretty easy.  To make a basil face mask at home, take some fresh basil leaves and put them into a food processor. Chop all of the leaves, put them into a small bowl and mix with sea salt and one egg white. Rub onto your face gently. Leave the mask on for only five to seven minutes and rinse with water. You may smell like a pizza, but your face won’t look like one!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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  1. i wish you had taken a picture of your basil mask and posted it!

  2. I really enjoyed the basil blog! You can also just chew basil, wash and chew it. Very good for everything . same with all the mints!

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