Cooking Basil

HornelHornel Posts: 1 Ooni Team Member

I've heard that fresh basil should be added only after the pizza is cooked. My understanding is that it goes bitter. However, I've recently heard that many people cook the basil and untrue. Any thoughts? To Cook Basil, or To Not Cook Basil. That is the question!

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  • AVBAVB Posts: 24 Ooni Team Member

    I like the flavour of cooked basil so am quite happy to put it on the pizza before it goes in.

    If I remember correctly, most of the pizzas we ate in Naples had basil on before being cooked. They tended to cover with a little cheese or push down into the sauce so they didn't outright burn, but the Neapolitan pizzaiolos certainly had no issue with basil in the oven.

  • mozzafellamozzafella Posts: 115 ✭✭✭

    I do mine under the cheese, it won't burn that way

    KevinEduardo
  • KristianKristian Posts: 8 Ooni Team Member

    Yup, I almost always cook mine, that's the way I prefer it. It feels more like a part of the whole that way.

    ollie1977
  • mozzafellamozzafella Posts: 115 ✭✭✭

    @Kristian Tapaninaho said:
    Yup, I almost always cook mine, that's the way I prefer it. It feels more like a part of the whole that way.

    I never get it when people lay out like 4 perfect leaves after the cook 😂

  • KevinKevin Posts: 213 ✭✭✭

    @mozzafella said:
    I never get it when people lay out like 4 perfect leaves after the cook 😂

    It's all about the picture-perfect-pizza!

  • mozzafellamozzafella Posts: 115 ✭✭✭

    @Kevin said:

    @mozzafella said:
    I never get it when people lay out like 4 perfect leaves after the cook 😂

    It's all about the picture-perfect-pizza!

    I want my pizza to be warm when I eat it though 😂 no faffing around laying a tomatoe vine next to it

  • pastryneilpastryneil Posts: 13

    I’m guilty of adding after for asthetic reasons. But also for me herbs usually taste better fresh. Like coriander etc. Except maybe rosemary and thyme etc

  • KevinKevin Posts: 213 ✭✭✭

    @Kevin said:

    @mozzafella said:
    I never get it when people lay out like 4 perfect leaves after the cook 😂

    It's all about the picture-perfect-pizza!

    I want my pizza to be warm when I eat it though 😂 no faffing around laying a tomatoe vine next to it

    For the amount of pizza I make and eat, I have hardly any photos and this is the exact reason!
  • mozzafellamozzafella Posts: 115 ✭✭✭
    It's worse when I do pop upa, cook 60 pizzas, take one photo!
    Kevin
  • I like to put it on after cooking. 
  • brassobrasso Posts: 6
    After cooking for me
  • I soak mine in ice water, pat dry with paper towel, and put on pizza immediately before cook.  Usually improves lingevity of leaf
    Kevin
  • I was putting the basil on in the last 15 seconds so that it cooked to give off the aromatics but not burn but then I got the idea to put it in my sauce and now get incredible flavor and aroma! 
  • Dres_DEDres_DE Posts: 86 ✭✭
    Whats about adding fresh basil to the tomato sauce base? That's what I do - I blend the fresh basil into my sauce; win win for me: it doesn't turn brown and if releases its flavors to my sauce base

    Dres
  • I did a course at the AVPN in Naples two weeks ago and the instructor told me that they put the basil under the cheese to get the flavor but not have it burn!
  • Put in under the cheese 
  • haimonhaimon Posts: 4
    I put fres ones 
  • LinseyTLinseyT Posts: 8
    I prefer post cook addition for sure. Burnt basil is not particularly pleasant 
  • vndebvndeb Posts: 8
    Never tried before cooking, thought it would burn, something to try 
  • HolyPizzaHolyPizza Posts: 71 ✭✭
    I usually put after pulling out pizza. It's just a nice flavour kick and fresh.
    Andy | Holy Pizza Instagram
  • sdag22sdag22 Posts: 7
    Add the basil after cooking. Looks better, tastes better. 
  • njones42njones42 Posts: 5
    I find it can be overpowering if added after. I put it on top of the sauce but under the cheese. It shouldn’t burn that way. 
    mozzafella
  • Yeah it burns while coooking so after is my preference but I suppose you could put it on for a few seconds at the end of the cook to mellow it out a bit. 
  • JohnnyBJohnnyB Posts: 46
    I always cook  a little with mine in with the pizza sauce or if  I was putting on top then maybe good ideal to soak with water first, help prevent with burning.
  • BigGMKBigGMK Posts: 5
    Yea I add basil before the cook - obviously a plain basil leaf will burn at Ooni temps. Needs to be in with the other ingredients to avoid scorching. 
  • I like a little finely chopped basil in the sauce and then lay a few pieces of torn up fresh basil as I serve it to the family.
  • FloplipFloplip Posts: 6
    I have some basil in my raw tomato sauce (crushed San Marzano and salt), and like to add some leaves before cooking. I put a bit of cheese and/or oil on top to prevent it from burning and it turns out really good imo
  • WalterWalter Posts: 16
    I definitely prefer the taste of adding the basil before cooking, putting it under the cheese. 

    I'll eat my salad on the side, thanks. 

  • I soak my basil in salted water for a while. Helps to stop it burning. 
  • tlb311tlb311 Posts: 7
    I just make sure mine has a touch of olive oil on t and place it on before cooking.
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