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This is why I grow Basil

Post  Elizabeth on Mon 19 May 2014 - 18:04

I grow lots of Basil in my herb bed.  I use basil in my cooking but the real reason I grow it is to make Basil Aioli. 

Home made mayonnaise is best.  If you use commercial mayonnaise use Hellman's.

 1 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsps. extra virgin olive oil
1 - 2 cloves garlic
1 cup loosely packed fresh basil
zest of a small lemon
2 tbsps. lemon juice
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

Put all ingredients in a food processor.  Pulse until basil is finely chopped and ingredients are well blended.
Taste and adjust seasoning.
Refrigerate until ready to use.

Use this Aioli as a dip for fresh vegetables, as a sandwich spread or for salad dressing.

Makes your very happy.
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Post  FeedMeSeeMore on Mon 19 May 2014 - 18:17

Oh yum...I want basil and more basil. Started mine from seeds and it's so slow to grow...but it hasn't given up yet.
This sounds really good! Copy/pasted into my recipes file.
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Re: This is why I grow Basil

Post  llama momma on Tue 20 May 2014 - 3:52

This sounds very tasty especially with fresh sq. ft. garlic too.   Thanks I'll try this out.   
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Post  landarch on Tue 20 May 2014 - 8:01

I'll have to try this as well...thanks for posting.
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Post  tagyourit on Tue 20 May 2014 - 8:14

I love a good recipe!    Lots of basil in my garden too.   Thanks for sharing!
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Post  WindAndVane on Sun 29 Nov 2015 - 10:42

Made this yesterday and can report it is FANTASTIC, basil is one of my most favorite herbs ever I love you
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Post  NAR56 on Mon 30 Nov 2015 - 8:25

I grow lots of Basil to make PESTO! Nothing like Homemade Pesto for pizza, pasta and sandwiches.

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Post  walshevak on Mon 30 Nov 2015 - 9:30

Elizabeth wrote:I grow lots of Basil in my herb bed.  I use basil in my cooking but the real reason I grow it is to make Basil Aioli. 

Home made mayonnaise is best.  If you use commercial mayonnaise use Hellman's.

 1 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsps. extra virgin olive oil
1 - 2 cloves garlic
1 cup loosely packed fresh basil
zest of a small lemon
2 tbsps. lemon juice
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

Put all ingredients in a food processor.  Pulse until basil is finely chopped and ingredients are well blended.
Taste and adjust seasoning.
Refrigerate until ready to use.

Use this Aioli as a dip for fresh vegetables, as a sandwich spread or for salad dressing.

Makes your very happy.
If you are in the South, try Dukes Mayo.  It is the only mayo on the market made with no sugar and is the closest I've every found to the homemade mayo my grandmother made.

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Re: This is why I grow Basil

Post  Kelejan on Mon 30 Nov 2015 - 13:29

Do you have a recipe for your mom's home made mayo, Kay?

That recipe sounds good, Elizabeth. Copied it for next year and made a cross reference to Basil in my gardening folder. I missed sowing basil seed last season so that will remind me.

I have just checked my seed stash and I have basil seeds there so I will use my AeroGarden and get me some basil grown.
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