Basil Recipe {How to Make Basil Butter}

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.  

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Ingredients:

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.

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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!

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

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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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