Razzle Basil ’em – and they’ll make you a star! A basil oil recipe inspired by the musical Chicago.
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So I don’t want to start with an excuse. But if you’re sitting there thinking: “Hey, those “Cabernet” guys are pretty good at musical theatre themed puns but this one just doesn’t work” then it probably means you pronounce “basil” the American way. If you pronounce it the British way, it rhymes with Razzle. And it’s really very funny.
ANYWAY. Razzle Dazzle, that cheeky number in the musical Chicago where Billy Flynn demonstrates how he tricks the court by putting on a “three ring circus”.
Give ’em the old razzle dazzle
Razzle Dazzle ’em
Give ’em an act with lots of flash in it
And the reaction will be passionate
So with razzle basil in mind, pesto was the obvious choice. But just TOO obvious.
Back since the days of old Methuselah
Everyone loves the big bambooz-a-lah
True story. So I decided to make some homemade basil oil. While researching techniques I came across two distinct methods. They start the same, but then one is gently cooked and filtered. So I’ve provided both here, and you can decided which one you prefer.
Place fresh basil leaves in a bowl and cover in boiling water. Leave for 10 seconds then drain. Rinse thoroughly with cold water then drain, squeezing out as much water as possible. This blanching process will stop the basil leaves going black when in the oil, so they will remain bright green.
Place the basil in a food processor with ¼ cup of canola oil. Blend until smooth. Add a further ½ cup of canola oil and ¼ cup of olive oil. Note: It isn’t recommended to use just olive oil as the flavor will start to overpower the basil. However, if you had a light-tasting olive oil I’m sure it would work fine.
If you’re taking the quick option, your work here is done. Just transfer to a bottle (make sure you have an airtight seal) and enjoy the beautiful thick oil.
Razzle dazzle ’em
And they’ll beg you for more!
For the filtered version, pour the oil mixture to a small saucepan. Heat very gently over a low heat until the oil starts to simmer. Let simmer for one minute then pour through a sieve lined with a piece of cheesecloth.
Let cool, then transfer the oil to a bottle.
How can they see with sequins in their eyes?
Try dipping some warm crusty bread into this oil – it is amazing! Or drizzle it over pasta or salad dishes for instant razzle basil!
Razzle Dazzle ’em
And they’ll make you a star!
If you liked this recipe, try this tasty cocktail – the Cell Block Mango!