This time of year, I always have too much basil. Since July, I have harvested twice, and although I love pesto, I really dont want to make another batch of it. Even a delicious sauce like pesto can get boring if that's all you can think to do with the basil that's in such abundance in summer. In this vinaigrette, basil, roasted garlic and good Italian Parmesan cheese are paired with balsamic vinegar and fine quality olive oil. How's that for a scrumptious use of basil?!
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup roasted garlic
2 tablespoons freshly grated Italian Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 to 2 cups extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and pepper to taste
Roast a head of garlic and let it cool.
Later in the day when the garlic has cooled: In a blender, combine the basil, garlic, cheese and vinegar. Slowly blend in the oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.