Basil oil

3 tablespoons fresh basil leaves

1 cup (250 ml) boiling water

2 cups (500 ml) olive oil

1 Place basil leaves in medium bowl and cover with boiling water. Stand 2 minutes. Drain; pat leaves dry. Process basil and oil in food processor until combined. Alternatively, finely chop basil leaves, add 2 tablespoons oil and mash basil into oil with a fork. Add remaining oil.

2 Leave 2 to 3 days to allow flavors to develop. Strain oil through muslin; pour into clean 17 fl. oz. (500 ml) bottle. Store in a cool, dark place. Use with tomatoes and salad greens.

MAKES 2 CUPS (500 ml)

Preparation 15 minutes plus 2 to 3 days for infusing

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