We know what you're thinking "what in the world does chiffonade mean?!" Well lucky for you, Chef Sacco is here to help. A chiffonade is a preparation of shredded leaf vegetables, used as a garnish. With these tips you can make all your meals look like they came from a five-star kitchen! So sit back, relax and learn how to chiffonade basil with Chef Sacco.

Have you mastered the Chiffonade and are ready to incorporate fancy chopped basil into all your meals? Here are two fun (and DELICIOUS) ways that basil and wholesome steel cut oats work great together no matter  what you're in the mood for!


Option 1: Sweet

Creamy Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Blueberry-Basil Compote from Chez Sasha

Photo Credit:  chezsasha.com

Photo Credit: chezsasha.com

Okay, so basil and blueberries might sound like a strange combination, but you've got to try this delicious compote atop your oats. There is something about the tartness of the blueberries and the floral taste that basil brings that is just amazing. You'll want to jar this mixture and put it on everything! Blogger Chez Sasha says that this recipe makes one serving of oatmeal but several servings of the compote, so you'll have a lot to spare. Make your steel cut oats with the addition of some honey and on the side combine blueberries, basil, water and two more teaspoons of honey in a saucepan until you've got a syrupy mixture of goodness to serve over those oats! Enjoy! See the full recipe here.


Option 2: Savory

EarthyFeast.com's Basil and Gruyere Savory Steel Cut Oats

Photo Credit:  earthyfeast.com

Photo Credit: earthyfeast.com

So you've tried the basil blueberry oatmeal for breakfast and now you want something savory for dinner, well this recipe from EarthyFeast.com has got your craving covered. This risotto-style dish is quick, easy and satisfying. All you'll need is some grated gruyere cheese, tomatoes, a sweet onion, some basil, a handful of pine nuts, olive oil and seasoning...plus 15 minutes to spare. See the full recipe here.


Let us know how your first time chiffonading basil went! Tweet us a picture to @grainful!