I saw this idea in Food Magazine the other day and HAD to try it immediately!
Basil is about the only thing I successfuly grew in my small container garden this year. I have 3 plants that just keep producing this favorite herb of mine. I also had a cilantro plant, my other favorite, but it didn't make it past July. 🙁
Anyway, this idea is super simple. Combine some fresh basil with salt and dry out in the oven. That's it! I'm sure you can do it with any herb but basil is what the article showcased and it happened to be what I had on hand.
The result is awesome!
I now have this amazing green salt that even the husband was impressed with. I used some in last nights dinner (more on that soon) and everyone enjoyed it. I'm planning a few other fun ways to use the salt too.
Here's how I made it.
- ½ cup kosher salt
- ½ cup packed fresh basil leaves
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.
Combine both ingredients in a your food processor or bullet.
It will make a salty green paste.
Spread the paste on a cookie sheet.
Note: Do NOT line with aluminum foil. It will stick and you have to scrape it off which is more difficult with the foil. I learned my lesson.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Scape the dried salt chunks from the cookie sheet and run them back though your processor.
Note: Make sure it's dry! You don't want the salt sticking and dissolving to water droplets.
Use the salt as you would table salt.
Last night I used it in a pasta dish (post coming soon.) I'm planning on topping some roasted tomatoes with it tomorrow. The magazine also had a lovely idea of giving it as gifts. Depending on how many herbs I can get at the farm this year I may make a few different kinds for to hand them out for the holidays!
Update: My Favorite ways to use this so far: On Popcorn, fresh tomato salad, and corn on the cob!