Home-Made Basil-Infused EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

Home-Made Basil Oil


This may well be the easiest recipe ever.

  • Grab some good quality EVOO,

  • a generous handful of fresh basil, and there’s your green-hued bottle of goodness ready for you.

  • To be  just a tad more specific:

  • In a large pot, bring 500 ml (1 pint, 2 cups) of EVOO and 1 cup of loosely packed basil leaves to a simmer. Immediately turn the heat off and allow to cool in the pot for 30 minutes.

  • Process the oil and leaves in a blender then strain the precious and viscous liquid through a sieve.

  • Using a funnel, pour the strained, basil-infused oil into a glass bottle you have previously washed and dried.

  • I chose to use an old American whiskey bottle with a cork lid we had saved.

  • A bottle with an attitude, some would say!

  • This powerfully scented concoction will be very useful as a salad dressing mixed with lemon juice and salt, or simply drizzled on top of your favorite pasta or bruschetta.

  • Ode to Simplicity!

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