Five Favorite Herb Recipes

Basil Garlic Butter

Use as butter for garlic bread, croutons, basilgarlicbutter_000steamed zucchini, or simply tossed with egg noodles.

  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 2 Tb. finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/2 tsp finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced or pressed

Allow the butter to soften for ease of preparation. Cream together all ingredients. Spoon mixture onto a 12″ x 12″ sheet of parchment or wax paper and form into block. Refrigerate until firm. Can be used for up to 1 month refrigerated
or frozen up to 6 months.

The Garden Guru’s Pesto Recipe

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • pesto_0001 bunch fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Blend all the ingredients together in a food processor and serve over pasta, pizza or on garlic bread. Yum!

Cilantro Crema

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • cilantro1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 oz fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 1 ½ Tb salt
  • 1 Tb pepper
  • ½ bunch cilantro chopped fine

Mix together all ingredients with a whisk. Can be used for veggie dip, dressing, marinade for chicken or pork or shrimp.

Goat Cheese Herb Dip

  • 8 oz soft, fresh goat cheese
  • 3 Tb olive oil
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 Tb chopped chives
  • 2 Tb chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 Tb chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp chopped mint
  • ½ tsp chopped thyme
  • ½ tsp chopped fresh rosemary

Blend goat cheese, oil and yogurt in a food processor/mixing bowl until smooth. If mixed in a processor, transfer to a bowl and then gently mix in all the herbs. Enjoy this fresh herb dip as a spread on baguette slices, or as a dip for raw vegetables. Note: This can be made a few hours before serving and stored in the fridge. Tastes even better the next day.

Fresh Yogurt & Herb Dressing

  • 8 oz plain yogurt (1 cup)
  • 1 tsp finely chopped chives
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp fresh dill from your garden
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 – 3 Tbs. skim milk
  • Pinch salt, ground black pepper
  • Lettuce from your garden, cleaned
  • Radishes from your garden, sliced

Mix all ingredients thoroughly and chill until served.

Evenly divide lettuce and radishes on plates. Serve dressing over salad. Enjoy!