I'm just giving in to the Japanese Beetles. I had several Basil plants in various places in the yard. A couple in pots of mixed herbs. It seems that the beetles love this herb. Every plant has been chewed on. I could stand out there all day, dropping the offenders in soapy water...only to turn my back and more would be flying into the plants. Is there something redeeming about Japanese Beetles? To me, they are disgusting little critters. All buzzing around when the plant is disturbed, landing on me occasionally. There they are on top of each other....what are they doing? Is this beetle love? I had hopes of making some nice pesto this year, nice green leaves on top of a sandwich, leaves of green on my Bruschetta, slipped under chicken skin before it goes on the grill, finely chopped leaves in my sauce. I guess I can dream can't I? When I do dream, I hope it's about the basil and not the beetle. The only thing good about them eating my basil is...they are not as prevalent in other parts of the garden. My roses are really not getting chewed on.
Here is the recipe that I was going to try...
Greek Roast Chicken
In a small bowl combine:
4 T butter, room temperature
1/2 tsp dried mint
1/4 tsp dried oregano
some fresh basil chopped to taste
Run hands under chicken skin to loosen.
Rub butter mixture under the skin, as well as over the outside of the chicken.
Stuff under the skin over both chicken breasts with:
1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted, finely chopped
Season cavity and outside of chicken with:
salt and pepper
Place in lightly oiled small roasting pan and stuff cavity with:
1 lemon, quartered
1 small onion, quartered
1 sprig of fresh basil
Using twine, tie legs together and tuck wing tips under the chicken.
Roast chicken until it registers 170ºF, approximately 1 hour.
Tilt chicken to allow juices from cavity to run into roaster.
Transfer chicken to platter, cover with foil and let stand for 10 minutes, allowing internal temperature to rise.
Spoon fat from surface of pan juices.
Serve chicken with pan juices on the side.
This sounds delicious to me...I may try it on the grill.(I'll have to buy some basil.) So, for those of you who have basil without the bugs...give this one a try ...