take olive oil to another level…

9 07 2008

…by infusing it with basil. I had never heard of this before and I know that some of you cooking purists will think that this is blasphemous, but it tastes amazing (I love basil by the way, so you may not be as enthralled as I am).  Infusing sounds like it is hard to do, but this is actually quite simple to make. First take 4 cups of fresh packed basil leaves and toss them into your blender. Then add 2 cups of your favorite virgin olive oil and puree the two until you have a nice smooth consistency. Next simmer the oil in a saucepan for roughly 45 seconds. Now strain your hot concoction (be sure to use a fine metal mesh strainer) into a bowl and let it chill out for a couple of hours. Once it has thoroughly cooled off, you can pour your oil into an airtight bottle or jar, but be sure to not pour in the basil bits that have collected on the bottom of the bowl. Now you have a delicious basil infused olive oil for cooking, marinating, and dipping.