Driftless Foodie: Pizza Finale!

By Jessica Woodward

In all of the pizzas that I’ve consumed, the ones that stood out the most always had one ingredient: Good quality olive oil or some sort of finishing oil swirled over top.

If I could only grow and consume one herb for the rest of my life, it would be basil. And, I know that some of you reading this would absolutely agree with me! It is sweet and so aromatic and pairs oh so well with some local heirloom tomatoes and some fresh mozz (insert Italian accent here).

So why not combine these two – oil and basil – and make the most delicious finishing oil to take your homemade pizza to the next level!?

A few things about the finishing oil. It makes about a cup, and you won’t go through that for a pizza or two. 

Need a couple of tips and tricks for that!?

You can pour your remaining basil oil into ice cube trays and freeze it. You can pull out a cube or two when you need it. This helps eliminate the waste for this delicious basil oil. Or you can use it throughout the week on salads, or chicken or shrimp, or even on some soft scrambled eggs. And don’t even get me started on what it can do for a sandwich fastening with some crusty bread.

Don’t skip this basil oil – you really will regret it. Plus, it really takes about two minutes to assemble from start to finish. You really can’t go wrong with this pizza addition.

Let’s get started.

Happy Pizza-ing Folks! Tag me in your homemade pizzas on Instagram so I can draw some inspiration from all of you!


(Jessica Woodward photo)

Basil Oil


1/2 cup good quality olive oil

1/4 cup of fresh basil leaves

1-2 cloves garlic



Add all of this to a blender and blend until smooth!

Transfer to an oil dispenser or small bowl to serve.

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