Sweet Basil is my favorite herb. The vibrant color and fragrant flavors of pepper, anise and mint make a delightful addition to many of my recipes. I grow plenty of this prolific herb in my garden every year to support my habit and my cooking classes.
During the winter months I crave that fresh from the garden flavor so I pick up organic containers of basil at the market. To prolong its life, you will need a few household items; a glass or vase filled with water, a pair of scissors and a zip-top bag.
Snip the tip of each basil sprig at an angle with a pair of sharp scissors and put each stem in the glass filled with water.
Next, split the bottom of the zip-top bag on both sides about 2-3 inches and place it over the basil. This will create a greenhouse effect.
Leave your basil greenhouse on the counter-top where it will receive plenty of bright light. Change the water daily and you will be surprised at how long basil will keep!
Basil pesto used for Panini is my favorite Basil; recipe, what’s yours?
1½ cups fresh basil, compacted
2 garlic cloves
½ cup walnuts
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
Place basil, garlic, walnuts, salt in food processor, pulse until smooth, add Parmesan, olive oil and process until mixed well.