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Subject: Any great potato recipes with basil?
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From: franfogel[at]aol.com (Franfogel)
Date: 17 Jun 2004 00:48:16 GMT
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I'm growing basil in a pot on my back deck, and it smells wonderful.  Does
anyone have a great potato salad recipe that uses basil?  I bought a sack of
spuds on sale and want to get creative with them.  Thanks!

Fran

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From: GOLDDUST-WOMAN1[at]webtv.net (GOLDIE)
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 21:01:45 -0500
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I have been growing basil and lemon basil in pots since last year.  It
is wonderful.
If I was making potato salad and wanted to add basil, I would just make
it like usual and then add the basil.

I use:
Potatoes of course,
some crisp cooked bacon,
mayonnaise,
a little mustard,
onion, chopped

then add the basil, it is so great.
               ========barb in texas

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From: GOLDDUST-WOMAN1[at]webtv.net (GOLDIE)
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 21:02:40 -0500
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oh, one more thing, I  bake the potatoes nowadays instead of boiling
them.......
                                 B. in TexaS

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From: GOLDDUST-WOMAN1[at]webtv.net (GOLDIE)
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 21:03:51 -0500
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Brother, am I forgetful tonight.....also used hard boiled eggs.......B.

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From: Colin Reed 
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004 11:46:14 +0100
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Franfogel wrote:
> I'm growing basil in a pot on my back deck, and it smells wonderful.  Does
> anyone have a great potato salad recipe that uses basil?  I bought a sack of
> spuds on sale and want to get creative with them.  Thanks!

Boil some small waxy salad potatoes (charlotte, pink fir, etc).  Slice some
spring onions (scallions) including the green parts.  Cut some cherry or
baby plum tomatoes in half.  Cube some feta cheese.  Combine all when the
potatoes are still warm.  Tear up a handful of basil leaves and add.  Dress
with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Season with coarse sea
salt.

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From: A.C. 
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004 14:00:51 -0400
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Franfogel wrote:
> I'm growing basil in a pot on my back deck, and it smells wonderful.  Does
> anyone have a great potato salad recipe that uses basil?  I bought a sack of
> spuds on sale and want to get creative with them.  Thanks!

I like to take some waxy potatoes, cut them into bite size pieces, toss them
with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, bake them in a 400f/205c deg
oven until they're golden brown and delicious. Gently toss them with some
fresh chopped basil and let cool for a few minutes.. YUM!

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From: "Kswck" 
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004 22:01:55 GMT
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Franfogel wrote:
> I'm growing basil in a pot on my back deck, and it smells wonderful.  Does
> anyone have a great potato salad recipe that uses basil?  I bought a sack of
> spuds on sale and want to get creative with them.  Thanks!

The problem you might have is with fresh basil exposed to mayo(oil) being
absorbed-makes the basil mushy.

I'd make potato salad w/red potatoes, red pepper, celery or celery
tops-fresh, onion or scallion, some garlic chives, hard-boiled eggs, a bit
of mustard (dijon or brown to taste), and some cooked, well-drained bacon.
Mince the basil into ribbons and either serve on top or mix in just before
serving, with some fresh ground black pepper. Garnish w/fresh parsley.


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