Does basil go on before or after cooking?
Fresh basil should be added after baking at lower temperatures, like in a home oven. This is because home oven pizzas take longer to bake – sometimes as long as 10 minutes. Cooking fresh basil for that long in a home oven will ruin the texture and give your pizza an overpowering taste of basil.
Is basil better cooked or raw?
If a recipe simply calls for “basil,” sweet basil is the way to go. Other varieties can have stronger flavors that can give you an unintended result in your recipes. Holy basil is best cooked (it can be bitter when raw), but purple basil is best raw as that pretty purple color turns black when cooked.
Can you cook fresh basil in the oven?
If your oven’s lowest temperature is 175 or 180, that’s fine. Place basil leaves on a baking sheet, making sure the leaves don’t overlap. Depending on the amount of basil you have, you might need a few baking sheets. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until basil leaves are dried and can easily crumble.
Harvesting Larger Amounts: Harvest the leaves from the top down, cutting back up to a third of the total plant height. Be sure to cut or pinch right above a leaf pair rather than leaving a stub. In a few weeks, your basil plants will be ready to harvest again.
How do you cook basil leaves?
To thinly slice fresh basil, stack several leaves. Roll stack lengthwise into cylinder. Cut cylinder crosswise at close intervals with sharp knife to form thin strips. Like many fresh herbs, basil tastes best when added near the end of cooking as it loses flavor when exposed to prolonged heat.