If you've been here a while, you know I love basil. If you are new (hello!), I love basil so much I named our dachshund Basil. Fresh basil is my favorite thing to have in a vase in the kitchen, growing in my garden, as a lingering scent on my hands.
Yep, even though it's already winter out there, in my kitchen I'm still acting like it's summer. Strawberries and fresh basil. Always a perfect pairing in my opinion, and this is one I have been wanting to do for a while.
Bird's eye shot of my Vita Mix. See, told you she's an Old Lady Vita. Look at that old school handle. I bought this in college and I keep saying I should stop bragging that I've used it with no problems for ... um ... many years. Don't want to jinx her.
Don't think I will.
Anyway, between the few minutes of chopping the berries and chiffonading the larger basil leaves and the ten seconds of blending, this "recipe" comes together quick. Well. Then there's a couple hours of dehydrating.
I really wanted to tip this tray on it's side and drink it. So good. Glad I waited though, because the fruit rolls are even better!
strawberry basil fruit rolls
gluten free, vegan, no added sugar
2 quarts fresh strawberries
1 large bunch (1 cup) fresh basil leaves
Blend in high powered blender until smooth. Pour onto solid sheet for dehydrator, spread to a ½ inch thickness (thinner might rip or crack). Dehydrate at 130 for 3-4 hours. Alternately, you can pour into plastic wrap on a baking sheet, place in oven on 120 with door open for... several more hours.
These taste amazing! They have the fruity sweet flavor of the strawberries, and the basil is strong in the best way possible.
Are you a basil fan? How about a Basil fan? 😀
Do you like fruit rolls? Favorite flavor?