The flavour of dried basil is similar to a combination of allspice, mild clove and mild mint. Dried basil does not exhibit the intense floral fragrance of fresh basil. Dried basil is suited to recipes where long slow cooking is required such as soups, sauces and slow braised dishes.
Uses and Ideas! ©
- Make a simple pizza by topping Lebanese bread with pasta style tomato sauce, grated mozzarella, pepperoni and crumbled goats feta. Drizzle with virgin olive oil, sprinkle with basil leaves and chilli flakes before baking.
- Add to homemade minestrone, simple broth style soups or pureed soups e.g. basil and sweet corn with oven baked and basil tossed sour dough croutons.
- Sauté sliced spring onions in olive oil with basil leaves and lardons (bacon) - serve alongside fried eggs, add to omelettes, and fold through scrambled eggs or mashed potato.
- Sprinkle over halved roma/Italian tomatoes with salt, pepper and olive oil - semi dry in a low temp' oven. Use the tomatoes with salads, antipasto, added to pasta dishes or as accompaniments to grilled meats or poultry.
- Add to a casserole of tomato, eggplant and garlic - use as a sauce with seafood or chicken, vegetables and pasta.