I received some basil infused olive oil as a gift and loved it! When the oil was all gone I missed having it around! So I decided to make some myself. It's very easy to do! Two ingredients and three simple steps and you'll have this delicious infused olive oil!
I love to dip Italian bread into the oil and eat it with a piece of hard cheese. And a glass of wine goes nicely with that too! It's also delicious drizzled over pasta! Infused oils can be very expensive to buy! So making it yourself is a great way to save money and have the satisfaction of knowing that you can do it!
Basil Infused Olive Oil INGREDIENTS; 7 large fresh basil leaves 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
DIRECTIONS; Place the basil leaves in a small microwave safe bowl with the olive oil. Mash the leaves into the oil with a fork. Do this thoroughly to release as much flavor from the leaves as possible.
Heat the oil and mashed leaves in the microwave on high for about 15 seconds. Do not let the oil boil, just get it warm to release the flavor of the basil leaves.
Remove from microwave and mash the leaves again. Then line a funnel with a coffee filter and pour the infused oil into the funnel over a bottle. Allow the oil to drain into the bottle. You may need to squeeze the filter slightly, to help it drain.
You can store the infused oil on the counter top if you plan on using it all within a week...mine is ALWAYS gone in less than a week! Or you can store it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. In the fridge the oil will solidify. Just remove it from the fridge a few minutes before using it so that the oil can liquefy.
There are so many uses for this infused olive oil!Drizzle it over pizza. Add it to pasta sauce or salad dressing! Drizzle it over sliced mozzarella with sliced tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. The possibilities are endless!
I hope you will give it a try! And if you do, please comeback and tell me about it!
By the way...Make sure you comeback tomorrow because I'll be doing another McCormick Gourmet Recipe Mixes Giveaway!!! One lucky winner will receive 12 spice packs!!!