- 4 cups of fresh basil leaves, washed and taken off the stems.
- olive oil
Boil a pan of water. Have the basil leaves ready to place into the the boiling water as soon as it is boiling. Have a big bowl of icy water ready to plunge the basil into. Blanche the basil for 30-45 seconds. Remove it from the boiling water with a strainer and plop it into the ice water to quickly cook it. Then put it into a colander to drain off the water and pat dry. Place the basil and olive oil into a blender and blend until well-blended. Store in a tightly closed container in the refrigerator.
Use it to dress up a caprese salad, or anywhere you would otherwise use olive oil and basil. Blanching the basil helps keep the color vibrant. The oil you make will be beautimous. 😉