I planted six basil plants this year.
Every year I say I'm going to plant more basil; this year, I actually did it. And boy.....are we currently up to our ears in it!!
We love basil. We use it in so many things--one of our favorites being pesto. In case you've never tried making your own, I thought I would show you just how easy it really is! With the help of three very cute boys*, of course.
*cute boys optional in your kitchen
When I brought in our latest load of leaves from the garden, it almost filled our entire dining room table! If I had to do all that leaf-picking myself, it would take me forever. Luckily, I have three amazing helpers--and it only took about 20 minutes.
A side note here: you actually can make pesto without a food processor, just using a large kitchen knife and chopping everything well by hand. I speak from experience on this--I had to do more than half of my batch this way after my processor died. It is a lot more work, and you won't get the emulsification like you would in a processor--but the flavor is still incredible. We had some of the hand-chopped stuff that very night, on some pizza--and it was just as good! So: no food processor? No excuse! *grin*
That's it! Easy and delicious!