Basil is a fantastic herb that can be grown equally well indoors and outdoors, offering a fresh and vibrant
flavour to a wide range of dishes. Basil is a culinary herb of the family Lamiaceae (mints). The name ‘basil’ comes from Latin, Basilius. Basil is most commonly used fresh in recipes. In general, it is added at
the last moment, as cooking quickly destroys the ﬂavor. The fresh herb can be kept for a short time in plastic bags in the refrigerator, or for a longer period in the freezer, after being blanched quickly in boiling water. Here we offer you some simple recipes using basil.
- 1 vegan-friendly gluten-free baguette
- 1 garlic clove peeled
- 1 tbsp olive oil optional
- FOR THE BRUSCHETTA
- 9 plump and ripe tomatoes chopped
- 1 red onion peeled, ʚnely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves peeled, minced a bunch of fresh basil, ʚnely chopped
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- vegan cream cheese optional
- chives to garnish
- basil to garnish
- 1 Preheat the oven to 180єC/Gas Mark 4.
- 2 Meanwhile, cut the baguette into 1cm (Ѕin) slices on an angle. Place the slices on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil optional), then bake for 5-7 minutes until golden brown.
- 3 Cut a garlic clove in half. Remove the toasted baguette from the oven and rub the garlic clove over the warm, slices of baguette.
- 4 Add tomatoes, red onion, garlic, basil, balsamic vinegar and sea salt to a large bowl, then mix together well.
- 5 Spread the cream cheese, if using, over the baguette, top with the bruschetta mixture and garnish with olive oil, fresh basil, olive oil, chives and balsamic vinegar (optional). Serve straight away.