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Basil Pan Potatoes

- 2-3 red potatoes
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 sliced green onions
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves (chopped)

Wash and cut the potatoes coarsely, and set aside.  Heat oil and butter on medium, and add potatoes, salt, and pepper to taste.  Cook for 5-10 minutes or until brown and tender, stirring often.  Add onion and cook until tender (3 minutes or so).  Place mixture in a bowl and stir in fresh basil. 

Roast Beef with Basil

- 2-3 pound chuck roast
- 2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
- One chopped onion
- 1 packet of dry onion soup mix
- Garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste
- 6-8 whole fresh basil leaves

Rub the meat thoroughly with half the fresh basil leaves, crushed.  Heat the oil and brown the roast on all sides in a Dutch oven.  Cover meat with water, and stir in dry onion soup mix.  Sprinkle in garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste. Simmer for 2.5 hours, and remove to a warm platter.  Finely chop the remaining fresh basil and sprinkle over meat.

 

 

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