365 Project – 254: RECIPE: Garlic, basil-infused olive oil (September 10, 2012)

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Basil and Garlic Infused Olive Oil

1 glass bottle or mason jar
2 cloves garlic (optional)
Approx 1 cup basil
3 cups olive oil

Peel the garlic and smash it with a heavy chef’s knife. Tear the basil, bruising the leaves to release the essential oils. Stuff the basil and the garlic into the bottle or mason jar. Pour the olive oil into a heat-proof pot or dish and place over a low flame. Heat the oil until very warm, but not bubbling. You’ll know it’s getting close when the oil’s texture appears to “thin”… you’ll sort of see “swirls” in the oil as this happens. DO NOT let it boil!

Remove from the heat and let cool. Cover and let steep for 1 hour. Strain into a sterilized bottle or jar and discard the garlic. Use within 24 hours. (Or store in a sterilized container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.)

NOTE: some recipes suggest storing in a cool, dry place for up to a week THEN refrigerating if infusing with garlic, to avoid botulism. others say to refrigerate right away. i chose the conservative route choosing to refrigerate right away and use quickly. if anyone knows the definitive answer on making homemade infused oils, please share!!

Adapted from http://www.bostonfoodandwhine.com/2010/07/25/how-to-make-basil-infused-olive-oil/ and http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/garlic-infused-oil-and-dipping-sauce-recipe/index.html

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One comment on “365 Project – 254: RECIPE: Garlic, basil-infused olive oil (September 10, 2012)

  1. […] I posted this recipe for garlic basil-infused olive oil  on my photography blog but, thought I’d just share it here too.  I wanted to do something with my basil leaves then I thought about making an infused oil, for pasta, salads, or dipping for bread.  It smelled soooo amazing in my kitchen this morning!  This is such an easy way to spruce up flavors.  And, with the weather changing it’s already getting me thinking about presents for the holidays.  Flavored oils and vinegars…yum!!  – Juicy Mama Meels […]


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