A recent email I received from Trent and Company had this spelled out in the subject line — “A year round basil solutions “— and that got me interested right away.
If there was one herb that really seems to enhance the flavor of Italian dishes, basil would be it. It enhances the taste of tomatoes and has a flavor strong enough to stand up to garlic. Pesto sauce wouldn’t even exist without basil. In fact, basil is such a universally popular herb, many people grow it themselves. But what do you do in the winter, when your herb garden has frozen over?
That’s when it’s time to turn to Dorot’s fresh frozen Chopped Basil for the taste of fresh basil even in the coldest winter. Dorot (www.mydorot.com) is a line of fresh-frozen herbs and spices available flash frozen in convenient, pre-portioned mini ice cube trays. A cube can simply be popped out and added to whatever is cooking. There is no need to defrost and each tray stays good in the freezer for up to 24 months. Dorot is available at Trader Joe’s and other select grocery stores for $1.99 – $2.99.”
Other flavors that I’m falling in love with include Garlic, Ginger, Cilantro, Chili and Parsley. I’d like to consider these as my secret ingredients in my recipes. The “pop” little trays are so convenient — and flavors really do “pop”. Have you had Basil Ice Cream — so yummm!
Fruit Salad with Basil Ice Cream
2 Small Melons( Cantaloupe, Honeydew, or Watermelon), Peeled and Cubed
1 Orange, Peeled and Cubed
4 Peaches, Cubed
10 Strawberries, Cubed
10 Grapes, Halved
4 Cups Water
4 Cubes of Dorot Crushed Ginger
1 Tablespoon Sugar
Basil Ice Cream:
3 Cups Milk
1 Cup Heavy Cream
8 Cubes of Dorot Chopped Basil
3/4 Cup Sugar
9 Egg Yolks
In a pot, boil water, sugar, and the Dorot Ginger Cubes. Then let cool.
Mix all cubed fruit, and pour liquid on top when cooled.
Refrigerate for two hours.
In a pot, heat milk and cream.
In a separate bowl, mix egg yolks, sugar, and the Dorot Basil Cubes.
When milk boils, pour into bowl, and mix together.
Filter the mixture into another pot and cook for a few minutes on medium heat, until a bit thick
Cool and pour into ice cream machine or box, and put in freezer.
Pour salad into little bowls, add ice cream ball, and serve.
My hubby’s truly loving the basil and garlic spread for his “Honey, I’m Home” sandwich snack while I prepare dinner. The recipe is in Dorot’s website: http://www.mydorot.com. I’ll meet you there!