With Fresh Herbs starting to take over your garden – a perfect meal to use fresh basil. I used a spicy rub for the steak which added to the complexity of the plate: Spicy, Sweet and Savoury. A difficult meal to pair perfectly but would work with a Pinot Gris or a Baco Noir.
Garlic Basil Mashed Sweet Potatoes
1.5 lbs Sweet Potatoes
1.5 tbsp basil chopped
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Place sweet potatoes in pot of water and boil for about 20 minutes or until tender enough to poke a fork through them.
Take the sweet potatoes out and allow to cool enough so you can peel the skin off without burning your fingers (lesson learned the hard way).
Mash sweet potatoes in a bowl and add basil, garlic, butter, salt, and pepper. If you feel it needs more butter, feel free to add some but I felt that 2 tbsp was perfect.
Basil-Walnut Salad Dressing
3/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons toasted walnuts
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup fresh basil
1 garlic clove
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Blend all ingredients in a blender. Toss with Mixed greens.