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May 18, 2008 06:16 PM

uses for dill and mint? (not necessarily together)

mint is growing like grass in my backyard - what would you do with a lot of mint?

also, a housemate mistakenly bought a bunch of dill, which i don't normally use? any good recipe suggestions?

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  1. When I smoke salmon (Which obviously you can buy) I cream some cream cheese and add fresh dill to it. Crackers, dilled cream cheese and smoked salmon with some capers is a nice combination.

    Also, you can smear the cream cheese on flour tortillas, add some capers and then smoked salmon. Roll them up and pop them in the fridge overnight. The next day, cut into bite size pieces. I like to make a dip of soy sauce with wasabi for dipping.


    4 Replies
    1. re: Davwud

      I make a similar smoked salmon wrap with the addition of chopped green onions and watercress to give it an extra zing. Yum!

      1. re: Davwud

        I use dill -- fresh or dried -- in my favorite vinaigrette. And when I do, no one has just one helping of salad!

        Mint and dill are frequently used together in Turkish food, while Greek food more commonly calls for one or the other. I use them (individually or together) in pilafs, dolmas (stuffed veggies such as grape leaves, zucchini, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, whatever).

        I love chopped fresh dill in egg, tuna, and chicken salad. I cook salmon in contact with dill, whether laying on a bed of it en papillote or sauteed on top of it. Adds zing to hamburgers and underscores the dill pickles.

        I always have mint with lamb. Sometimes in whole leaves stuffed into a pita with kebabs, sometimes chopped and simmered with a little cider vinegar and a smidgen of sugar as a sauce for roast lamb.

        Off the top of my head, I can't think of anything that would be ruined with a little mint and/or dill added. Good stuff!

        1. re: Davwud

          I've done bagel brunches with these ingredients, with some thin-sliced red onions. Just lay out the dill, onions, capers, cream cheese and salmon on a platter and let people make their own bagel sandwich. It's fun and a bit dangerous because you forget how many you've made.

        2. Mint chutney. Mint tea (half mint leaves, half green tea). Add to salads.

          The Swedish way to cook new potatoes: boil the potatoes with a few branches of fresh dill. Subtly perfumes the spuds and makes your kitchen smell wonderful. Also, cucumber salad with white onion, dill and sour cream.

          1. yes, mint chutney would be nice. Tonight I made mint pesto. Same recipe as basil pesto with the pinenuts and parmesan. It is to be used with grilled or roasted lamb. I'll try it on Tuesday. Apparently the pesto can keep to six weeks.

            1. Tzatziki - you can use either dill or mint with the standard yogurt, cucumber, olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice combo.

              1. If you wanted to jsut go crazy and combine the two, a popular marinade for chicken at our house is mint, dill, oregano, garlic, salt, pepper and a little lemon juice. Really good with a Greek style salad.

                Or, mint tea lemonade is lovely this time of year.