Presto! Or is that, Pesto! My mission to clean out the freezer has procured two containers of pesto made last year with basil from my garden in Saskatoon. I always grow enough for fresh eating and a batch of pesto.
One of my favourite uses for my homemade pesto is pizza, replacing the more traditional tomato sauce. Toppings that go well with pesto include feta cheese, black olives, thinly sliced onion and crumbled bacon.
Tip: pesto is strong in flavour so I recommend spreading it more thinly than you would tomato sauce.
Basil grows very well from seed in prairie gardens. It's not too late to plant it now. If you're the impatient sort, buy a few seedlings and get them into your garden or a pot pdq!