June 25th, 2014

Basil

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Basil by Early Morning Farm CSA

Basil is a fresh, fragrant summer herb that pairs perfectly with tomatoes.  There are many different varieties of basil, the most common are probably Genovese and sweet basil.  Basil is best used raw or added at the very last minutes of cooking.  Basil is also common in Indian and Thai cooking.  Basil compliments Italian dishes well, but has many culinary uses.  It’s even popped up in desserts and ice cream!


Varieties

Thai Basil

Thai Basil, Genovese Basil (above)


Storage

Basil can be stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, but the best way to store it is to place the stems in a jar or cup of water and leave it at room temperature.  Wash just before using.


Preparation

Remove leaves from stems.  Wash and carefully pat dry with a kitchen towel or paper towel.  Basil is best used raw in pestos,  and added to tomato sauce and other dishes at the end of cooking.


Recipes

Margherita Pizza

Basil Cherry Cobbler

Basil Vinaigrette

Caprese Salad

Freezing Fresh Herbs

Basil Simple Syrup

10 Ideas for Basil

Simple Marinara Sauce

Summer Squash Parmesan

Grilled Pepper Salad

Summer Squash Ribbons with Basil & Pine Nuts

Fresh Rolls with Peanut Sauce

Summer Squash Red Curry

Sesame Noodles with Grilled Eggplant

Chicken Pesto Rolls

Grilled Radicchio Panzanella

Basil Pesto

Paleo Pesto

Basil Oil

Roasted Fennel with Sausage

Fennel Farro Salad

Radicchio Panzanella

Summer Squash with Braised Sweet Pepper and Basil

Roasted Chicken with Heirloom Tomatoes, Basil, and Capers

Daikon Fettuccine with Shrimp


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