Use dry basil leaves for seasoning by substituting 1 teaspoon of dried herbs for every 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs called for in a recipe. For instance, you can use either 1/4 cup of fresh basil or 1 tablespoon of dried basil for a basil butter recipe.Continue Reading
You can also use dried basil leaves to season tomatoes or make Italian dishes with a tomato-based sauce. Sprinkle either fresh or dried basil over tomato and mozzarella slices to make a caprese salad, use basil use to season marinara sauce, or puree it with olive oil and Parmesan to make pesto. Season stir-fries and tea with basil.
Make an easy basil-seasoned tomato recipe by slicing 2 large tomatoes and sprinkling the slices with salt, pepper and basil. After allowing the flavors to cure for 30 minutes, drizzle your choice of vinaigrette, and serve. Pizza margherita also calls for basil. Simply mix 1 tablespoon of dried basil in 3 tablespoon of olive oil. Allow the mixture to sit for five minutes before brushing it over pizza crust. Top the pizza with 1/2 cup of pizza sauce, 1 cup of mozzarella, 1/4 cup of Parmesan, 2 sliced plum tomatoes, 1/4 cup of sliced black olives and 1/4 cup of sliced green peppers, and cook at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 12 minutes.Learn more about Herbs & Spices