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JoeyVelderrain 10-13-2010 01:22 AM

Basil...when to add it?
So I am stuck on such a petty issue that I feel foolish for asking.
I have tried to add the basil to my Margherita before baking the pie but the leaves seem to shrivel up and get dark brown. I have tried to add the basil after the pie is baked but I don't think I care for the raw basil so much.
How is everyone else doing it? :confused:

RTflorida 10-13-2010 10:17 AM

Re: Basil...when to add it?
Personally, I do not care for whole leaves or even medium/large pieces of basil in anything, although I love the taste, the big pieces or whole leaves just have the wrong texture.
I prefer to do a course chop or crumble and add to my sauce. (I freeze alot of fresh basil that I have grown and pull it from the freezer and crumble it in sauce). I have the taste I want without the soggy, burned/browned, or large pieces that I dislike.
This does not conform to anyone's "standards" and does not have the red/white/green Italian flag tradition that so many people feel they must achieve, but it works for me.


egalecki 10-13-2010 02:18 PM

Re: Basil...when to add it?
I hide it under the cheese slices and it doesn't get burned then.

Tscarborough 10-13-2010 02:35 PM

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I cut it somewhat small or use the small leaves. Anything in contact with cheese won't burn.

scottz 10-28-2010 12:42 AM

Re: Basil...when to add it?
I love using Basil and other herbs in my base. I quite often add a fair bit to my flour while mixing the dough. You dont get that burnt herb taste through your pizza, while still getting the nice mix of dough, herbs and toppings. Looks quite nice with the green flecks through the white dough :)


Tscarborough 10-28-2010 05:19 PM

Re: Basil...when to add it?
I add chopped thyme to the dough for that speckled look. It does not add a lot of flavor but it does look nice.

oventhusiast 10-29-2010 08:03 AM

Re: Basil...when to add it?
I don't add it to every pizza because I think it could overpower other flavors I may want to bring out (hot peppers, anchovy, etc.). But when I do, I (my wife) slice it in small strips and lightly sprinkle it on. The cheese melts and it 'sinks' to the sauce just right! Some like the giant leaves on top and if that's your preference, that's fine too! In that case, I'd add them quickly just after the pie is firm and then slide it back in the oven to finish. I think it's all a matter of individual taste!:)

DaveW 11-10-2010 06:18 AM

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My wife keeps a basil plant next to the oven. She adds hand torn basil and a little oil to a Margherita pizza just after it comes out of the oven and lets it sit for a few minutes to heat the oil and basil...Yummy

PerryPizza 11-21-2010 02:09 PM

Re: Basil...when to add it?
Has to be one of my favorite herbs and I love it on pizza!

Sometimes I add it before cooking and find it gives a wonderfully perfumed flavor to the topping (the oven needs to be really hot, I don't know why but if you're going for a sub 3 minute pizza it doesn't burn), I usually splash a bit of olive oil over it before it goes in the oven too.....

.........and sometimes I add a great big hand-full as just I take the pizza from the oven, which is worth doing just for the unbelievable aroma which will beguile your guests : )

JoeyVelderrain 11-27-2010 07:06 PM

Re: Basil...when to add it?
my humble little basil garden. :)

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