Is your windowsill herb garden threatening to take over the whole room? Do you have an abundance of basil just waiting to be muddled, chopped or shredded? It can be difficult to incorporate basil into more than just your standard recipes, but these inspiring dishes will help.
Basil Oil [Food Network]
Infuse all of your dinners with the sweet taste of basil when you cook with this simple, flavorful basil oil recipe. Simply add a handful of basil leaves to one cup of olive oil, then puree in a blender until the whole mixture is smooth. Simmer in a saucepan for three minutes, strain, and store the finished product in an air-tight container for up to one week’s worth of basil-flavored meals.
Lemon Basil Pasta Salad [Food Network]
Lemon and basil go together like peanut butter and jelly, and this recipe further proves that. Lemon juice, olive oil, and fresh basil create a perfect marinade for a summer pasta salad filled with plum tomatoes and farfalle noodles.
Lemon Basil Custard Pie with Red Berries [Martha Stewart]
If you’ve never tried basil in a dessert before, you’re in for a real treat with this tangy pie. The inside is made up of a basil-infused custard, a buttery crust lines the edges and fresh berries add a burst of fruity flavor on top.