- The Jeff Next Door Jul 23, 2006 08:11 PM
I needed a bit of cilantro for 2 recipes, and the bunch they had at the farmers' market is HUGE! If it were basil I'd make pesto, but what can I do with all this extra cilantro? Thanks for your suggestions.
...make cilantro pesto
...chop it into salads
...top any grilled food
...freeze some for later use (there was a long thread on this earlier. I'm sure you can find it with the search function above).
chop a lot of it and use it as a base w/ chopped onion, carrot, green and red peppers to make pseudo carribean style shrimp. finely chop everything and cook everything but the shrimp until it's soft and mushy. then add shrimp and cook briefly.
You can make a nice chutney/sauce to serve with Indian food.
Throw some cilantro, mint, chili peppers into a food processor. Process until it forms a paste. You can add in a little plain yogurt if you want it to bw creamier.
Serve with lamb, chicken, or beef. Or serve as a dipping sauce with samosa.
An Indian restaurant I love serves something like the dip that is described above. It's fantastic, and I'll bet it freezes, too.
I always have that problem when I buy cilantro. I put cilantro, onion, green bell pepper, garlic, and chile peppers in a blender and blend until smooth then freeze in ice trays. Mainly use it as a sofrito, but it also ends up in soups or whatever else strikes my fancy.