Genovese Basil Dipping Oil

2 cups chopped fresh basil leaves
½ cup olive oil

Preparation:  Makes approximately ¾ of a cup
Combine basil and oil in a small, heavy saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat until thermometer registers 180°F. Reduce heat to low; cook 20 minutes (do not allow temperature to rise above 200°F). Cool to room temperature. Drain oil mixture through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Keep oil refrigerated.


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