Good Morning ! Boy, Have I got basil coming out my ears ! Since it is one of the very few herbs you have to replant every year, I was having a hard time getting my plants going. Now I have oodles :) I love it though. When making a cheese sandwich I even use it instead of lettuce with a slice of tomato ! Layering it with tomatoes,Mozzarella cheese and drizzeled with Olive oil and a splash of herb vinegar is yummy on a plate of shredded romaine.
I just got all my pesto sauce made for the freezer. I like to put it in baby food jars, little 4 oz. jelly jars, or even ice cube trays (when frozen, pop them out and put in freezer bags). Heres my recipe, it is so simple and you`ll be thrilled every time you use some !
BEV`S PESTO SAUCE
Into a blender, put.......1 cup good olive oil
6 cloves of garlic
5 T. pine nuts (or pecans,etc)
1/2 tsp. salt
3 1/2 cups packed basil leaves
Blend well and then add ...1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Blend well. Put into containers and freeze
It is so handy to add a spoonful to spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, meatloaf, or just as a spread on a sandwich, tossed with a little pasta and fresh veggies for Pasta Premavera and I love it on a bowl of creamy polenta and a shake of romano cheese. You`ll find yourself scooping a little out of the jar for a million things. a few spoonsful to a pot of Minestrone soup works wonders. Mix a little into some softened cream cheese and spread on a bagel ! A dollop on top of a grilled steak or chicken breast is wonderful.....Well, you get the idea and you`ll never buy that expensive stuff again.
Its so fun visiting with all of you, (but I always make myself hungry). I hope to hear from some of you and know you enjoy these things as much as I do. I`ve got some more fun ideas to share with you so keep watching. I love you all........Smile Always, Bev