Fresh Basil Leaves
Want to learn the simple technique for slicing fresh basil?
Fresh basil is my favorite herb from the garden! Now that summer is in full swing, many of us are enjoying the bounty of fresh herbs and vegetables from our garden. Homegrown basil is a delicious addition to recipes but slicing one leaf at a time is tedious. However, it is a simple process when you know the success secret! Another word for slicing is Chiffonade and you may hear chefs use that term as well. Here is the step by step guide for creating those ribbons of bright green basil:
All you need to remember is
It’s that easy!
Wash the basil and pat dry. Remove the stems and stack the leaves on top of each other.
Gently roll the leaves up into a tight cylinder.
Continue rolling until you have a tight cylinder.
Next, slice them into thin slices that will create those ribbons.
Fresh basil adds a wonderful flavor and aroma to your dishes. It’s best to either add it at the very end of the cooking time or just sprinkle it over each plate just before serving.
This technique also works well with fresh mint leaves or fresh spinach.
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