I have so much basil in my garden. This coming from a girl who killed pretty much every plant I ever touched! My secret…The Grow Box. It’s essentially a two piece box with water in the bottom compartment and soil/plants in the top. The water gets wicked upwards by the soil and feeds the plants. You fill the bottom compartment with a lot of water, so you don’t have to remember to water it very often…perfect for us absentminded types…I’m only speaking for myself here 🙂 I’ve had so much success with the basil that I’ve made lots of skinny pesto and now this basil salt!
I love how versatile and delicious this basil salt is! You can use it pretty much wherever you would normally like basil. My favorite ways are to sprinkle it on top of fresh tomatoes and mozzarella, add it to my pizza, pasta or roasted potatoes, or mix it with some softened butter to make a basil butter. One of my friends put it on her corn on the cob and said it was quite delicious!
All you have to do is put equal parts kosher salt and packed basil leaves into a food processor and let it go until it is all incorporated. I love how the salt takes on this vibrant green color. Then pour it out onto a parchment lined baking sheet and place in a 225 degree oven for 30-40 minutes, stirring once half way through.
Then, allow it to cool and place it back into the food processor. Process the mixture until it becomes very fine. And there you have it, your very own basil salt! This would make a unique and delicious holiday gift or hostess gift. Just put in a pretty glass jar or cute tupperware and label it with some ideas for how to use it! I’m thinking Christmas gifts with the green salt and a red ribbon around the glass, but it would be a great gift all year round 🙂
Homemade Basil Salt
From Food Network
1 cup kosher salt
1 cup packed basil leaves
Put the salt and basil leaves into a food processor and process until the ingredients are just incorporated and the salt has taken on a green color. Pour it out onto a parchment lined baking sheet and place in a 225 degree oven for 30-40 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Allow the salt to cool, then place back into the food processor and process until the mixture is quite fine.
What are some of your favorite homemade gifts?
Any fun weekend plans?
We’re going to a friend’s house, carving pumpkins, watching Notre Dame football (this week will be our biggest challenge yet!), and going to a birthday party 🙂