Three yummy ways to cook fresh Purple Basi – Purple Basil Omelet, Pesto and Pasta Salad

In one of my frequent organic store Healthy Food Color, a variety of fresh produce are provided.  It is appreciated that someone has taken the extra step to produce fresh Purple Basil, or some call it Thai Basil, that is so fragrant and delicate.  The purple basil is widely used in Taiwan mainly as a condiment to go with fried chicken or stir fry clams. Years ago I took a cooking lessor after the purchase of Vita-Mix blender, the instructor shows us to use the blender to make pesto and remind us not to waste the residue inside the blender cup by adding vinegar and water into a dressing.  So that is the two ways of preserving a delicate herb. The cooking method I like the most is to make it into an omelet, as it brings back the memory of picking fresh from the backyard when we live in the suburb of Taipei.  Mom would turn it into a dish of egg stir fry in minutes. Of course, at that time the eggs came from the chicken mom raised.

For preparation, pick the leaves from the stalks, wash and spin dry, or use a kitchen towel to remove as much moisture as possible.  It takes time, hangs in there.

Preparation 40 minutes

Overall cooking time: 4 minutes

Skill level: Easy

  • Purple Basil Omelet

Omelets with Purple Basil

Ingredients:

Free Range Eggs             3 large

Purple Basil                     1/4 cup finely chopped

Salt                                    1/4t

Black Pepper                   1/4t

Rice Bran Oil                   1T

Instruction:

  1. Heat a heavy pan on high heat, add the oil.
  2. Take a medium bowl, mix all remaining ingredients together.
  3. Pour the mixture into the pan, fold it into an omelet and remove from pan, about 3 minutes.
  4. Cut into pieces and arrange as shown in the picture.
  • Pesto

Pesto sauce

Ingredients:

Purple Basil                     1 cup finely chopped

Garlic                                1 clove

Cheddar Cheese              50 g, shaved

Salt                                    1t

Black Pepper                   1/2t

Olive Oil                           3T

Almond                            1/2C

Instruction:

  1. Put all ingredients into a blender. Blend until it forms a paste.
  2. Pour into a glass jar. Keep in a refrigerator for a week.
  3. It can be used as a paste on top of buffalo mozzarella cheese and tomato slices.
  • Lemon Basil Dressing

Dressing with Lemon & Basil

Ingredients:

Lemon                                1 zest and juice

Organic Apple Vinegar   1 T

Water                                2T

Cooked Pasta                   4 servings

Instruction:

  1. Prepare the pasta of your choice.
  2. Add lemon, vinegar, and water into a blender. Blend till mixed.
  3. Pour over prepared pasta.

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