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Recipes Using Fresh Basil

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Originally from India, basil is grown for its soft green or purple foliage and is wonderful fresh in pesto and many Italian dishes. This is page contains recipes using fresh basil.


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January 24, 20061 found this helpful
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped basil
  • Grated lemon peel of one lemon
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped shaved ham


Mix basil, lemon peel and pepper on shallow plate until well blended. Place cream cheese in basil mixture; turn to evenly coat all sides, pressing basil mixture into cream cheese to secure.

Cut cream cheese block horizontally in half; place one half on serving dish basil mixture side down. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese onto cut-side of cream cheese. Top with ham and second half of cream cheese. Serve at room temperature or microwave on high 45 seconds or until warm. Serve as a spread with crackers.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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November 20, 20170 found this helpful

This recipe combines delicious, gooey cheese with the wonderful flavors of basil and tomato. If you already love grilled cheese sandwiches, why not give this fabulous version a try!


This is a guide about grilled tomato basil cheese sandwich.

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November 6, 20170 found this helpful

Try this delightful minty frosting on zucchini bread for a special treat. This guide contains an amazing recipe for garden basil lime frosting.

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January 19, 20170 found this helpful

If you grow your own herbs, make up a large batch of pesto and freeze it for future use. This is a guide about make frozen pesto from home grown basil.

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March 19, 2007

In small bowl, combine broth, chopped basil, lemon juice, pepper and garlic; set aside. In medium nonstick skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat.

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