Basil Recipes that are Not Pesto

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How to use basil in recipes other than pesto?

Basil is a such a fragrant herb that adds incredible flavor to everything from appetizers to dinner ideas.

Recipe Ideas for using Basil that are not Pesto

  • Margarita Pizza
  • Prosciutto Pizza
  • Garlic pasta with cherry tomatoes and fresh basil
  • Prosciutto appetizer with apples
  • Bruschetta

Basil is such a great addition to pizza! Even if you’re not making a margarita pizza, adding basil to your favorite pizza will give it a delicious favoring!

prosciutto pizza with fresh basil and nectarines
Prosciutto pizza with fresh basil, grilled nectarines, and balsamic reduction
homemade margarita pizza
Margarita pizza

Any easy way to spice up your favorite pasta dish is to add basil. Try making this garlic pasta dish topped with fresh basil and cherry tomatoes. The flavor of the basil really comes out in it!

There are a ton of appetizer recipes to try with fresh basil.

Here are 2 of my favorite basil appetizer recipes.

prosciutto appetizer bread

Prosciutto Appetizer with Apples

Flavor packed appetizer served on a sliced baguette
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 10 people

Ingredients
  

  • 100 grams prosciutto separated into long 6 cm pieces x 1 cm width
  • 2 tbsp fig jam
  • 10 leaves basil fresh
  • 1/2 apple thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp balsamic reduction
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 baguette sliced

Instructions
 

  • Slice baguette into rounds that are ~1 cm thick
  • Brush baguette slices with olive oil
  • Toast baguette slices for 2 min on broil high in the oven
  • Remove baguette slices from the oven and set on a serving plate
  • Using a knife, apply a bit of fig jam to each of the baguette slices
  • Place 1 basil leaf on top of each of the baguette slices
  • Cut the apple in half. Cut the halves in half. Remove the seeds/center bits. Slice the apple thinly so they fit nicely on the baguette slices.
  • Place the prosciutto on top of the apple slices
  • Top with a bit of balsamic reduction

Notes

prosciutto appetizer with fig jam
Keyword appetizer, bread

homemade bruschetta with basil

Bruschetta with Toasted Bread using Oven Roasted Tomatoes and Basil

How to make a good bruschetta recipe with fresh basil, restaurant style
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Total Time 52 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • Oven
  • brush

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pkg grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Pinch pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil cut into strips
  • 1/2 baguette sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil for brushing bread
  • 1 garlic clove cut in half
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated

Instructions
 

  • Place grape tomatoes into a small bowl and drizzle olive oil on top. Add salt and pepper. Mix gently with a spoon until all the tomatoes are covered in oil.
  • On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place grapes evenly dispersed on the pan.
  • Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 min.
  • While the tomatoes are baking, slice half of the baguette. Brush each piece of baguette with olive oil on one side.
  • Once the tomatoes are finished baking, preheat the oven to broil on high.
  • Broil the bread for 1-2 min, watch carefully. Only toast them until your desired doneness.
  • Place the tomatoes into a small bowl and add fresh cut basil. Mix them together with a spoon.
  • After the bread has finished toasting, rub each piece of bread with the ½ garlic. This gives it just a hint of garlic flavor, without being overpowering.
  • Add tomato mixture onto the bread pieces.
  • Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Notes

homemade bruschetta
Keyword appetizer, bread, bruschetta
homemade bruschetta with basil
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