Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Basil My All-Time Favorite Herb
It’s been a whole year since Kalyn came up with the idea of Weekend Herb Blogging and she’s marking the anniversary with a special herb request – write about your all-time favorite herb.
Now I’d have a hard time choosing number 2 on my list of favorites – cilantro, mint, oregano, rosemary, thyme – I love them all (I even put them in alphabetic order because I can’t decide which comes first – or rather second). But number 1 is no contest!!!!
Fresh Basil rules the day –every time.
I’ve written about our trip to Paris and the Loire Valley where one BIG highlight was the basil and garlic festival and I've shared many recipes here. In fact there’s hardly a category that doesn’t include basil. Kalyn has asked us to give our favorite recipe - and I simply can't leave it at just one - I tried, but it's impossible.
I use it dried to roll goat cheese in, and add some to slow cooked soups, stews and sauces.
I use it fresh in salads, frittatas, marinades and quick stir fries.
I add it at the last minute to pasta dishes – especially simple oil & garlic or tomato based versions, for that matter.
And of course I always have my homemade pesto on hand. Nothing else on earth turns a simple dish of scrambled eggs into a culinary delight.
And spread on some wonderful bread with fresh goat cheese it quickly becomes an awesome grilled cheese sandwich.
Company unexpectedly drops by….and it’s frozen focaccia (already sliced before I put it in the freezer), toast it, spread some pesto add a slice of brie and stick it under the broiler for a minute…..what can I say…serve it with some wine and you’ve already got a party going.
Bored with steamed veggies…add some pesto or fresh basil chiffonade to give them a whole new taste sensation. Spread some pesto on chicken breasts or veal chops and grill them. Use it as a base for pizzas – my favorite is chicken and baby spinach (I’m just waiting for this e coli outbreak to end) or mushroom slices.
I could go on and on, but now I’m hungry and need a basil fix!!!
Can’t wait to see what the rest of you come up with as favorite herb.
Related links: Food and Drink recipes Weekend Herb Blogging