Basil Oil Recipe

Basil Oil Recipe
Staff Writer
Basil

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Basil

This versatile infused oil from Miraval Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona can be used on its own to dip bread into, used in homemade vinaigrettes, in lieu of plain olive oil when cooking, or as a garnish on soups. You can also swap out the basil for another herb of choice.

Ingredients

2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed

1 3/4 cups canola oil

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Directions

Sterilize a glass container by either submerging it in boiling water for 5 minutes or running it through the dishwasher.

Wash the basil and pat dry. Prepare a bowl of water and ice. Set aside. In a small saucepan, bring a small amount of water to a boil over medium heat. Add the basil and boil for a minute. Drain the basil and add to the ice water to cool. Remove and pat dry.

Heat the canola oil and olive oils in a small saucepan over medium heat until just warmed, about 3 minutes. Place the basil in a blender. Turn the blender on low and slowly pour in the oil. Puree until smooth. Season with the salt. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer or a colander lined with damp cheesecloth.

Transfer to the sterilized container and refridgerate until ready to use. Store the oil in the refridgerator up to 1 week.

 

For Cilantro, Chive, or Tarragon Oils, substitute 2 cups fresh herbs for the basil.

Basil Shopping Tip

Look for bright green leaves free of dark spots. The leaves should be dry and are best kept wrapped in a paper towel in a bag when storing in the refrigerator.

Basil Cooking Tip

When using basil in a hot recipe, add it only at the last minute. Otherwise you will lose the flavor and fragrance of the herb.