Thursday, March 22, 2012

CHIVES!

Our chives are back, and I can't wait to use them! 

There's nothing like walking out into the garden and snipping some fresh herbs while you're cooking.  I love it!  I have rosemary, thyme, oregano, sage, basil, dill, parsley, cilantro, and of course, chives.  They're the only ones showing up so far. 

Here are a few of our favorite recipes with chives, and a few we have on the "to try" list.  I don't like fish - sorry, I know that's lame, but I don't.  If you do, just google chive recipes or check out www.foodnetwork.com, etc. and you'll find lots of fish recipes with chives. 

Chive Lime Butter
This one is fantastic on sweet corn, or even on grilled chicken or pork. 


1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh chives
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon finely grated lime peel
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon Hungarian sweet paprika (optional)
Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

When butter has reached room temperature, place all the ingredients in a medium bowl.  Beat the ingredients together with a mixer or use a fork.  Lay out a large piece of wax paper on a flat surface.   Transfer the butter mix onto the paper and shape into a log.  Roll the cylinder up in the wax paper and twist the ends of the paper.  Place the butter log in the refrigerator to harden before use.

Blue Cheese Dip

Grilled Potatoes With Chive Sauce

Chive & Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Bacon, Blue Cheese & Chive Stuffed Pork Chops

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Creamy Chive Dressing

Sugar Snap Peas with Chives


Cheesy Herbed Popovers

Cheddar Chive Biscuits

Chive Biscuits

Skinny Mashed Potatoes

Chicken in Parmesan Chive Cream Sauce

Mince some chives, and then sprinkle away!  Use them to top a baked potato with a little sour cream.  Toss them in with some steamed or grilled potatoes.  Top baked potato soup.  Add to your salad.  Sprinkle over some French onion soup, sprinkle over steamed or grilled veggies - the list goes on!  Feel free to share your favorite chive recipes in the comments!

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