Top Rated Basil Recipes

Basil Pesto
Here's a classic basil sauce that won't turn brown the minute you toss it with hot pasta! The trick: Blanching the basil before making the pesto. You may think that blanching the basil will take away some of its spunk, but be assured that it doesn't. Indeed, the technique won't take an ounce of flavor out of the aromatic leaves. This extra step only adds a few minutes to the preparation of your pesto, but it'll give you a bright green sauce that will make all your favorite pesto dishes look as good as they taste.
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Maple syrup (in season right now) makes for an easy substitute for your cocktails made with simple syrup. Try it with a white rum (like Brugal Extra Dry), citrus, and basil for a surprising spring cocktail. 
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Light and crispy, very summery!
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We're sad to see summer go, but at least fall has plenty of cocktails to keep us warm. And this recipe uses one very fall ingredient — hazelnuts — in honor of September being National Hazelnut Month. The Hazel and Basil was created by Paul Corsentino, the executive chef at The National. 
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Cucumber Soup, Basil, Buttermilk
Cold buttermilk soups are an old-fashioned tradition, a tangy zip for fresh, summer vegetables that need little else. Here, the sweet, grassy mellowness of cucumbers is paired with that summery perfume of basil, distilled into a finishing oil you can keep on hand to drizzle on future soups and salads. It's an irresistible, bright, almost ethereal combination that may well sum up the season. But we didn't stop there; We gave the pairing a tangy jolt with buttermilk and sour cream so that the flavors can't turn listless. If you've got weekend guests for a dinner party this evening, skip this one as a second or third course and consider serving it in shot glasses as a midday pick-me-up on the deck. — Vegetarian Dinner Parties Click Here to See More Soup Recipes  
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Watermelon and basil salad
This bright, summer salad includes just a few ingredients but packs incredible flavor. The key is the balance of sweet, salty, and savory components — the sweet comes from the watermelon, the salty comes from the crumbled feta cheese, and the savory comes from the basil and citrus vinaigrette.  See all watermelon recipes. Click here to see Bountiful Basil Recipes.
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My friends Brian and Christina served this simple dish at a dinner party at their house. Christina made it in their toaster oven! I never thought something so easy could be so incredibly delicious.  
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Fresh Tomato and Basil Flatbread
When good tomatoes start cropping up in the produce aisle and in farmers markets, there are a few things one must do: make insalata caprese, fresh tomato salsa, bruschetta, and yes, anything involving fresh tomatoes and basil, like this flatbread recipe. See all flatbread recipes.
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Basil Hayden's ® Bourbon
Basil Hayden’s Bluegrass Punch has the perfect combination of fruit & bubbles to get you the mood for spring! Add the frozen blueberry ring and this cocktail is the perfect staple for spring entertaining!
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Zucchini Fritters with Sweet Basil
These little fritters are the quintessential summer appetizer or hors d’oeuvre. Adults love them, kids love them, even picky eaters love them. They’re as addictive as they are easy to prepare. The basil leaves become crispy as they fry, while the lemon zest adds a bit of zing to the batter. See all zucchini recipes.
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Nothing represents the splendor that Alain Passard had in mind for his carrots better than his own hand-crafted collage. The recipe calls for a few simple, surprising ingredients — like cinnamon — to create a surprising flavor combination with carrots. 
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Basil-Wrapped Tilapia
There's nothing that smells more like summer than a beautiful fish cooking in basil. With this recipe you get a light summer dish, but also something that's very quick and easy to make. The basil is what makes this dish stand-out: once it's baked it gains a crunchy texture that is hard to stop eating. See all recipes for basil. Click here to see Bountiful Basil Recipes.
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