The Master Gardeners' annual plant sale provides gardeners and cooks with a variety of options for herbs, and vegetables. I am partial to Lemon Basil but, what do you do with it? I have used it in tea, as a basil for tomato salad, sprinkled over fish, in some vegetable dishes and in stir fries at the end. Lemon and bime basil, as well as Thai basil, are used in many Asian recipes. Infusing your favorite summer cocktail is also a pleasing way to use this herb. Let me know how you used this basil in our comment section.
- Butterfly a chicken, and rub it with crushed garlic, ginger and oil if you'd like.
- Cover the bottom of a shallow dish with half of your lemon basil.
- Place the chicken over it, and cover the bird with more basil, saving about 1 cup of leaves for the chicken glaze.
- Rub the basil into the bird's surface. Lightly cover and refrigerate overnight.
- To cook, slow roast on the grill or in the oven.
- During the last 30 minutes, glaze the chicken by brushing with a pureé of 1 cup basil leaves, 3 tablespoons sugar, a seeded and minced Thai chile, the juice of a lemon and 1/3 cup canola oil.
Check out these other ways you can use lemon and lime basil:
- Infuse olive oil and drizzle on your salads or anywhere a fresh lemon taste can be used
- Make a pesto, and use it in a favorite pasta recipe
- Use the basil as a butter for fish, steak and chicken
- Freeze the butter and cut it into chunks as needed when you cook
- Try a little lemon or lime basil in your iced tea or vodka tonic
- Chop it up and use it over fruit
- Use it in Asian soup recipes, curries & stir fry
- Add this basil last once your dish is taken off heat to preserve its delicate taste