Basil Oil

Circle B Kitchen

Recipe from Tasting Table

Although the original recipe suggests you can only keep this in this refrigerator for a week, I've been using it for the past couple of weeks and it is still very fresh and flavorful. Just be sure it is in a good, air-tight container.

Yield: 1 cup


2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves

¾ cup grapeseed or canola oi

l¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

Fill a medium bowl with ice and water and set next to the stovetop.

Fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add the basil leaves. Once they have just wilted, about 5 to 10 seconds, use a slotted spoon or skimmer to transfer the basil leaves to the ice water. Once cool, place the leaves in a folded kitchen towel or a few paper towels and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.

Place the basil leaves in a blender and add ½ cup of the grapeseed oil. Blend until roughly chopped, then, with the blender running, add the remaining grapeseed and olive oil and purée until completely smooth.

Strain into an airtight container and refrigerate for up to one week.