Lemon sole with homegrown basil
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In the warmer months, basil is the perfect addition to your windowsill or vegetable patch, and packs fantastic flavours for summer dishes.
Read on below for tips on growing basil from our friends at BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine and to find out more about a delicious one-pan lemon sole recipe, using your basil, from the BBC Good Food Show Summer in 2022.
Outdoors, basil needs protection from wind and frost. Always water with care, ideally before midday, and avoid splashing the leaves. Water sparingly – basil hates to sit in wet compost!
Expect to pot up your basil a few times in the growing season as plants grow fast in containers.
Basil is a half-hardy annual, so new plants will be needed each year.
Pick the leaves and tops of basil regularly throughout the summer to use fresh. You can be quite ruthless, so long as you leave at least three pairs of side shoots so your plants can regrow. Don’t wash the leaves until you’re ready to use them as they’ll turn slimy.
Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Heat up the olive oil in a large, non-stick ovenproof frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the garlic for 1 min and add the onions, peppers, tomatoes and olives. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 10-12 mins until the veg begins to soften.
Add the lemon zest, half the basil and wine. Bring to the boil, reduce the hear and simmer for 5 mins. Place the fish on top of the veg and season with salt and pepper. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake for 12-15 mins until the fish is cooked.
Scatter over your remaining basil leaves and finish with lemon juice and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Serve with crusty bread to mop up the juices.
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