Basil spread is delicious whether used as a condiment, as a sandwich spread, or as a dip. It's a great way to use up the basil in your garden, though you can also make it with store-bought basil, as long as it is fresh and not dried. It takes just a few minutes to make a batch of this herbal spread. Here's how to make basil spread:
Ingredients and supplies:
Blender or food processor
Salt, to taste
1 teaspoon lemon juice per cup of basil spread
Glass jar with lid
1. Blend the basil and oil. Pick fresh basil leaves from your garden, or buy fresh basil leaves, not dried ones, from the store.. Then add these leaves to your food processor or blender along with olive oil. The exact amount or ratio depends on your tastes; blend with enough oil that the mixture will form a smooth paste. More basil with less oil will give the basil paste a stronger herb flavor. You can always taste a sample and add more oil or basil, as needed.
2. Finish mixing the spread. Add a pinch of salt, to taste. Finally, add a teaspoon of lemon juice for each cup of basil spread. This will keep the basil from becoming brown if it sits out for an hour or two.
3. Use the basil spread. Basil spread is often combined with tomato on sandwiches. Thin it with some oil and vinegar to use as a salad dressing. With more oil, it can be used as a sauce for chicken. When mixed with mayonnaise and sour cream, this basil spread can be used as a dip for bread or fresh cut vegetables. Basil spread is very versatile.
4. Store for later use. Refrigerate the basil spread in a glass container with a tight-fitting lid. It should be used within a few days, or the basil will begin to turn brown. Basil spread can also be frozen for later use, so you can keep your summer harvest of basil for use during the winter months. You can also make a large batch of basil spread, and thaw it as needed.
Basil spread is a delicious and easy herb condiment or dip. It takes just a few ingredients, and is especially good when made with fresh basil from your garden. There are many variations on this simple and classic spread, including versions with oregano, parmesan cheese, parsley, celery seed, and other herbs.