Basil is my favorite herb! I love using it in recipes. It has such great flavor! I am excited to share with you a really easy way to dry basil along with some fabulous recipes!
We have the smallest space ever for a garden so every year we plant the same things. Two pepper plants, two tomato plants and always basil. We also did jalapeno this year which I am glad because sadly for some reason our pepper and tomato plants might not produce anything this year. But our jalapeno plant and basil are doing great! Our basil was so close to dying but we finally got around to planting it from the little pot and look at it now! I don’t want to waste it so I have lots of plans for using it.
Here is a fabulous way to dry your own basil along with other herbs (like sage or thyme.) I found this idea in my recent issue of The Food Network Magazine.
1- Wash and dry the leaves, then remove the leaves from the stems.
2- Working in batches, arrange the leaves in a single layer on a paper plate or paper towel.
3- Microwave in 20-second intervals until the leaves are fully dry and brittle.
4- Crumble them into an airtight container and store up to three months.
So easy and fun! My boys loved being my assistants. I love that the basil has more fragrance than store-bought basil.
Recipes with Basil
Easy Basil Pesto from The Frugal Girls
I also love just chopping up some fresh basil and adding it to pasta dishes. I also don’t have a post on it but I LOVE caprese! Just layer sliced fresh mozzarella along with basil and tomatoes and top with salt, pepper, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
What are your favorite recipes using basil?