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Basil is probably one of the easiest herbs to grow.  With a little sunshine and water it sprouts fast and can easily take over your garden if not given haircuts every now and again.  I am absolutely in love with basil.  I love pesto and decided that this would be the year that I try to grow my own basil to make some of the delectable spread.  Speaking of delectable – this basil butter is great to have on hand to spread on bread, season vegetables, fish, chicken and pasta.  So if you have a basil plant pinch off a bunch of leaves and make a jar of basil butter this week.  



1 1/2 cups of basil leaves

2 sticks of salted butter

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon of Outrageously Garlic from Two Sisters Gourmet or Garlic Salt

1/8 teaspoon of ground pepper

1/4 teaspoon of Penzey’s season salt

Half Pint Ball Jars

1.  Wash basil leaves well and measure out 1 1/2 cups of loosely packed leaves.  Put in your food processor and pulse until finely chopped.



2.  Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor and blend until smooth.  Now feel free to veer from the spices I used and throw in what you like.  You really can’t mess this recipe up!


3.  Spoon the mixture into a half pint Ball jar and give to a friend.


This must be kept in the refrigerator or freezer.  You could also scoop them into balls and flash freeze them and then place in a container for perfect portion size.  I think this would make an excellent hostess gift don’t you?

Still have more basil to use?  Check out my Basil Parmesan Orzo Recipe here. 

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  1. I practically have basil coming out of my ears this summer! I just filled up the dehydrator but there is still more, lots more in fact! Which reminds me… I need to do this with our lemon thyme also! Thanks for the reminder!!

  2. I’m SO excited! I have a housewarming party to go to next weekend and was trying hard to come up with a better gift than the ol’ potted plant. Thank you! I’m definitely going to make this for a friend!

  3. This looks so yummy! Have any ideas for mint? My mint plant is plotting to take over my whole herb garden, and a girl can only make so many mojitos 🙂

  4. {giggle}. I am sure you can make mint butter too if you like the flavor. Experiment with it. I bet it would be great.

  5. Im in Australia and don’t have access to Penzeys seasoned salt. Could you tell me what type of salt this is and could it be suitably substituted for something else?

  6. This was so delicious & easy to make. I had to make a second batch to give as gifts. Because I sure wasn’t giving the first batch away 🙂 Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  7. Dee, I am so glad you liked it! I feel in love with my Basil plant this summer and enjoyed trying out so many new and different things with it~

  8. I just made 1/2 a batch and it is quite delicious. Can you give me ideas on the best way to use it?

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