Monday, August 18, 2014

10 Great Basil Recipes

10 Great Basil Recipes // Bubby and Bean
1. Fresh Basil Hummus, The View from Great Island  //  2. Thai Inspired Basil Margarita, Rachel Cooks Thai  //  3.  Layered Sun Dried Tomato and Basil Spread, My Recipes  //  4. White Pizza with Tomato and Basil, Cooking Light  //  5. Basil Pots de Creme with Balsamic Strawberry Reduction, Food Babbles  //  6. Basil Quinoa Cakes, Greatist  //  7. Fried Mozzarella, Basil, & Nectarine Stacks, Etc //  8. Succotash Salad with Basil,  The Kitchn  // 9. Ricotta and Basil Fritters, Taste //  10. Lemon Snow Pudding with Basil Custard, House & Garden   

As summer begins to wind down (noooo!), I become more appreciative than ever of the little harvest that we get from our container garden.  Getting to walk outside each day and pull a couple of tomatoes from their vines or carrots from the dirt is a simple pleasure in which I relish, and one that I miss throughout the winter.  This year, our tomatoes, usually the shining star of our garden, haven't done as well as usual.  What has proven to yield all sorts of fresh, green goodness, however, has been our lone basil plant.  It continues to flourish, and I continue to try to dig around online in search of new and creative ways to use it in recipes.  For this edition of 10 Great, I'm sharing some of my basil recipe finds with you.  Some I've tried, and some are on the 'to make' list.  Some are more traditional, and some are quite unusual.  But they all contain this deliciously fragrant - and surprisingly healthy - summer herb. 

Are any of you growing basil this year?  What is your favorite basil recipe?  Here's a quick tip: throw a couple basil leaves in your morning smoothie.  I did this as an experiment and fell in love - it's incredibly refreshing.

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  1. I thought #7 was a caprese salad until I read the description, and I like the nectarine idea even more! That would be so fresh and tasty.

  2. Such awesome basil finds! I really want to try a couple of these recipes. And I had never thought of adding basil to a smoothie, but I bet it's great. Thanks for the idea!

  3. Mmmm, basil! Those fritters looks amazing!

  4. Basil makes everything better, as far as I'm concerned. And I love quinoa cakes, but surprisingly, basil is one of the few things I've never tried adding to them - must get that fixed STAT.

  5.! And the cakes in #6 look great too!

  6. Thanks for your comments you guys! Basil for the win!

  7. Sadly, out tomato plant hasn't done well either this year. It's simply too cold plus all the rain... these basil recipes look so good!

  8. The hummus, freshly baked bread and one of those margaritas please ;-)


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