Basil is plentiful this time of year, and I have an abundance of it in my garden and my farm share. I love to make oodles of pesto to store in the freezer and enjoy throughout the winter.
A recent trip to The Arlington restaurant on Long Beach Island, New Jersey inspired me to branch out a bit. They serve their flatbread with an amazing basil oil drizzled on top, and after one bite I knew I wanted to recreate this oil at home. This basil oil can also be served as a flavorful sauce over pasta, fish, meat, grilled vegetables, or salad.
$1.50 per cup
- 2 cups loosely packed basil leaves
- 1/2 clove garlic
- 13/4 cups olive oil divided
- 1/4 tsp. salt or to taste
Blanche the basil leaves in boiling water for 10 seconds. Drain the basil and transfer it to a bowl of cold water.
Drain the basil again and place it in a food processor. Add the garlic, salt, and 1/2 cup olive oil. Process well.
Add the remaining 11/4 cups of oil to the food processor and pulse to combine. Scrape down the sides if needed.
Store the basil oil in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Basil Oil Price Breakdown
This oil costs $3.01 to make and it yields about 2 cups. Basil oil is a delicious flavoring for many different meals, and it also makes a great gift.