27 September 2011
There is purple basil everywhere in Tbilisi's produce stands right now. And, walnuts are used in many local dishes. Here's my favorite use for both right now.
3 large bunches of purple basil (use another variety if you can't find purple easily)
1/2 cup of shelled walnuts
2 cloves of garlic
salt and pepper
Using a food processor and working in batches, puree the basil, walnuts and garlic. Slowly add olive oil and process to create a thin consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Toss with cooked pasta noodles, use as a salad dressing, spread on toasted bread, toss with sauteed vegetables... enjoy.
To save for later use, spoon into ice cube trays and freeze. Remove from the trays and place into an airtight container in the freezer. When ready to use, remove a few cubes and defrost.