Basil, Glorious Basil!

I have a small plot on the side of the yard just big enough to have a couple of tomato plants and basil. Impatiently I wait for the temperatures to warm enough to dispel the fear of frost. As soon as possible, I find a couple of plants, I do not have the patience for seeds. A few weeks later I have an abundance of basil.

I need to use it, but pesto is not my favorite use of this aromatic herb. I turn to the handy helper Pinterest to tantalize my taste buds (and use massive amounts of basil).

First discovery is Soft Batch Basil Lime Sugar Cookies. Although they don’t use a massive amount of basil, they are rather tasty. My mother declared them addictive.

These are made with a 2 inch scoop, but I only had enough dough for 12 cookies (recipe says it will make 16). Next time I will use a smaller scoop.

Every few days I had a new recipe to try, so I would snip, snip away at the basil. Here are my new discoveries:

Basil Chicken in Coconut Curry Sauce was spicy! If you look at the recipe, don’t be intimidated by the number of ingredients, most of them are spices to create the curry flavor. Did you know that the curry you have on your shelf is actually a blend of many spices? That was new information to me! The only change I would make, would be to use only one jalapeno.

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How does Sweet Corn and Basil Pizza sound? Another successful recipe with a few modifications. Lots of basil needed for the basil vinaigrette which is the sauce for the pizza. I used a flat bread from Aldis and regular mozzarella cheese. I divided the ingredients from the recipe since I only wanted to make one pizza. Side note: I had enough ingredients with the half portion to make the pizza again a few days later.

Before baking on the left, after baking on the right.

The weather has been unbearably hot, which led me to Shawarma Chicken Bowls with Basil-Lemon Vinaigrette. This recipe used a lot of my basil! Since it was basically a salad I added a few more crunchy ingredients to the bowl {cucumbers, red peppers, celery, radishes}. Sorry, no pictures for this one.

I still have one recipe that I have not tried yet, Creamy Parmesan Basil Chicken. I will let my basil recover from the snipping of the past few weeks before I snip it again. If you check out this recipe, you will note it calls for 1.5 cups of heavy cream, that might be the reason I have not made this one.

So if you find yourself with lots of fresh basil, try something new. You might discover a new favorite. 🙂

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9 thoughts on “Basil, Glorious Basil!

  1. crushlevine says:

    My mom is not a fan of basil (can you imagine?), which resulted in me only discovering my affinity for basil through my dad’s girlfriend years after my parents’ divorce. That pizza looks divine! I can smell the basil from here. I wondering what kind of basil wrap a super thin tortilla might create.

  2. I want to be a member of your household. Cooking is not my thing, so I would love to just pop in for meals. I’ll have the Basil in Chicken Coconut Curry Sauce, lightly seasoned please!

  3. Julie says:

    This makes me so hungry! I have a new basil plant and am thinking these recipes may be something I need to try–especially those cookies.

  4. Erin Baker says:

    It sounds like you have been busy experimenting with new dishes. I love it when I find new favorites. Looks like you have some meals you can add to your already delicious repertoire. 😋

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