Lemon Basil

LEMON BASIL
_ Susan Spicer, Bayona and Mondo, New Orleans_ "When you cook with lemon basil, people ask what it is because it's reminiscent of basil, but it's kind of unusual." Read the complete SAVEUR 100 story » See the complete list of SAVEUR 100 items »Michael Kraus

When you cook with lemon basil, people ask what it is because it's reminiscent of basil, but it's kind of unusual. It has a superbright, lemony flavor that mixes nicely with chives and tarragon and dill and frisee in a salad. I chop it up and put it into a lemon beurre blanc. I make a light pesto out of it with almonds or a lemon basil aioli. It's delicious with all kinds of seafood and fish. —Susan Spicer, Bayona and Mondo, New Orleans

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