Thai Basil Beef Lettuce Wraps

Thai Basil Beef Lettuce Wraps

Late last week I was on the hunt for some Thai basil; which is very different from the sweet basil you typically pick up from your local grocery store or that you grow in your garden. Thai basil has a very unique flavor and look; it’s leaves are a bit more narrow and thin and the stems are purple.

The taste of Thai basil can be described as peppery and has a hint of licorice flavor (it helps to give that distinct flavor that you might often notice when you eat Thai food!)  You can use sweet basil in Thai dishes and the end result will still be delicious but if you are able to get your hands on some Thai basil for this dish or other Thai inspired meals, I highly recommend it.

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Basil Pork Burgers with Mushrooms and Basil Garlic Mayo

Pork Basil Burger

Last week I received a beautiful bunch of fresh basil from my CSA and I wanted to do something with it immediately.  The fragrance that filled the car on our way home from the farm was enough to convince me that something with fresh basil had to be made that very evening.  I also happened to have a good amount of fresh pasture raised pork in my freezer thanks to our friends here locally who raise happy hogs.  Below is what I made with our yummy pork and fresh basil.

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