what to do with dill
I've made classic lamb free dill and currant stuffed grape leaves, cooked rice of choice, combined with sauteed onions, currants, plenty of fresh minced dill, parsley and/or mint, and lemon juice, season to taste with a pinch or two of allspice; fill and roll the grape leaves and poach gently, drizzled with olive oil, until tender, in light chicken or vegetable stock and white wine, chill and garnish with a bit more olive oil and lemon; these make a delicious starter or small plate. Lucky you if you can get fresh grape leaves, alas, I only had the jarred.
This could be easily replicated without a recipe guide, but I'm sure there are plenty of stuffed grape leaf recipe variations online.
Dill is a great herb that pairs well with seafood.
Baked Sea Bream with Fennel, Olives, Lemon and Dill
2 (1 pound) Sea Breams, deboned and butterflied with head and tail on
1/3 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
6 Kalamata olives, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
fresh dill sprigs
cracked black pepper
Preheat oven to 375F.
Rinse the fishes under cold water and pat dry.
Drizzle olive oil on a baking sheet and place fishes on top of it.
Season the inside and outside of the fishes with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Warm about 1 tablespoon olive oil in a pan on medium heat. Add the fennel and cook until softening, about 4 minutes.
Add in olives and garlic. Cook until flavors meld, about 2 minutes.
Stuff the fishes with the fennel and olive mixture.
Add in lemon slices and some fresh sprigs of dill.
Fold the top of the butterflied fishes over the mixture and drizzle the outside with olive oil.
Bake for about 15 minutes.
Nice to see this thread grow around this wonderful herb.
A while back I made a tonnato on poached pork loin, with a good dose of dill.
Who the hell woulda' thought that FoodFuser was a poacher
but I wanted the meat to offer its consistent texture
while tonnato gave the bulk of the flavor.
(NOT pork tenderloin, which comes in a cryovacced 3 pound pair)
Sliced a four pound loin lengthwise
So that when sliced, would yield some good half-moons.
In a tonnato, layering and presentation is everything.
Did bagged marination of half moons in dill tonnato.
arranged on the serving plate
then ran the remaining tonnato down the centers
followed by a firm line of visible chopped dill.
to explain to the senses why the sauce was sorta green.
Dill bread. (Yeast dough). Dill sauce, for fish. Potato salad. Cucumber salads and soups. And of course......pickles. Fast pickles. And below, the dilled green beans are a great wonderful suggestion, all crispy and tangy and briny.....and fresh steamed green beans are great with a dill butter.
Someone once gave me a lovingly made jar of pickled carrots with dill; they were crunchy and delicious, perfectly vingered, obviously not cooked first but raw packed. Boy, they were great. I've tried to recreate those pickles a few times but mine were never as good. So yeah, I vote for carrot and green bean pickles with dill.
And mamachef, half sours, with plenty of fresh dill and garlic. Make 'em overnight, ready to eat in a few days.
Just the word Dill
warms the heart of the gardener.
It is reason we toil in the soil.
Its best if you stake it
as it grows sorta spindly
and bends to the wind.
It is now in full flower
with its promise of seed.
Soft yellow petals dance.
Glad that I staked her.
Easiest herb to carry
through all of the seasons
my freezer a treasure trove
of fresh fertile leaves.
When flowers go seed
It's a snap in the microwave
to give start to their drying
then to paper bags hanging.
Leaves from the freezer
are chopped added to 'taters
and while distinct from basil
Hold their own with fresh 'maters
And never fresh salmon
or more lowly canned tuna
go down my gullet
without dose of dill.
It is the heart of my garden.
Gotta love reviving old threads.. especially when they are pertinent! Just got a bunch of dill and trying to use it this week. :)
I made a lovely warm leek and flageolet salad with dill and mustard as well as a beet, potato, red lentil soup with dill and miso.
Planning on making a flageolet bean, carrot and dill salad (based on 101 cookbook's recipe) and maybe a cucumber-dill salad.
Would love any other vegan-friendly suggestions!
Dill is widely used in Indian cooking. Which also means lots of Vegan friendly recipes.
Here are a few links to get you started :
If you plant Dill, you will have more dill than you know what to do with it. Easy solution: DILL PESTO great to add to pasta, on crackers, on fish, etc. There are many easy ways to make this, but basically pulse it with walnuts/ pecans/ pine nuts, etc., add in garlic, salt, and drizzle in olive oil add Parmesean. I am making this right now. Super yummy.
Holodnik (little cold one) A cold sour cream (or yogurt) borscht. Cooked & cooled young beets, diced baby beet greens, scallions and diced fresh dill and mix in sour cream & and cooled beet water; a lovely magenta color. Stick in the center a hot boiled potato, like an Iceberg in a gaspacho sea and you're in Russian summer heaven.
You can halve this recipe just to give it a try (that's what I did and couldn't stop eating it).
Dilled Potato and Pickled Cucumber Salad
6 Tbsp DISTILLED WHITE VINEGAR
4 tsp COARSE KOSHER SALT
2 1-pound ENGLISH HOTHOUSE CUCUMBERS, very thinly sliced
½ cup plus 3 Tbsp CHOPPED FRESH DILL
3¼ lbs YUKON GOLD POTATOES (about 10 medium), unpeeled
Additional coarse KOSHER SALT
1 cup very thinly SLICED WHITE ONION
8 RADISHES, trimmed, thinly sliced
¾ cup MAYONNAISE
SMALL RADISHES WITH GREEN TOPS
Stir vinegar and 4 teaspoons coarse salt in small bowl until salt dissolves. Place cucumbers and ½ cup dill in heavy 1-gallon re-sealable plastic bag. Add vinegar mixture; seal bag. Turn several times to coat. Refrigerate overnight, turning bag occasionally.
Pour cucumber mixture into large sieve set over bowl. Drain at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours. Discard brine.
Cook potatoes in large pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain. Cool potatoes completely. Peel potatoes; quarter lengthwise. Cut crosswise into ½ inch-thick slices. Place potatoes in large bowl; sprinkle generously with coarse salt and pepper. Add drained cucumbers, onion, sliced radishes, and remaining 3 tablespoons dill; toss to blend. Let stand 1 hour. Stir mayonnaise into salad. Season generously with salt and pepper, if desired. (Salad can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
Mound salad in bowl; garnish with whole radishes. Serve cold or at room temperature. Makes 8 servings. Posted at finerkitchens
My note: This is wonderful! You don’t have to marinate cucumbers overnight – just one hour (if very thinly sliced) is sufficient. Watch the salt (don’t be too generous!). I made this 7/28/08 using about 1.5 lbs Yukon potatoes and half an English cucumber…just guestimated measurements for other ingredients.
Tweetie, I hear ya. I often get adventurous in the store, thinking I'll expand my home-cooking horizons by buying some new ingredient. Then it just sits there while I scratch my head.
I love dill. As a child, I would eat it fresh out of my grandparents' garden, just grab a handful and start munching. Seems like there are already plenty of fine suggestions posted above. But I have to add that I always loved my grandmother's ricotta and dill pirogis.
If you like dill it is just about the easiest plant I have ever grown. Just throw some seeds in the dirt and they will grow into more dill than you can possibly use. Two of my standard fresh dill uses are in potato pancakes and in pickles (easier than you probably think and it is pickling season).
dill dip.. the bane of any good dinner party.. but one that curiously gets eaten every time. this is good with fresh veg to dunk (or esp good with deep fried zucchini)
2/3 cup mayo
2/3 cup sour cream
1 tbsp (i use a little more of each of the folloing)
chopped green onion
fresh chopped parsley
fresh chopped dill
1 tsp of minced garlic
1 tsp beau monde seasoning (from spice island) or if you don't have or can't find... a little celery salt and minced onion.
Two nice summery things to do with dill:
Cucumber salad--slice 2 or 3 kirbycucmbers, sliver up some red onion, and mix with a sauce made of sour cream, with white vinegar and sugar added to taste to make it sweet and sour, and lots of dill.
Eggplant--saute slices of eggplant, or brush with oil and bake. Make a sauce of yogurt, chopped garlic and dill, and spoon over the eggplant. Can be eaten hot, cold, or room temperature.
I did the same thing last week because I saw Jamie at Home making warm dill potato salad...which I could not get out of my head, it was really good btw. I then still had a ton left so I made a cottage cheese yeast bread with dill and then threw a ton into my leftover salmon to make salmon cakes! Sad to admit after all that I still have a bit left but think I am all dilled out....
oh, and I just also re-found this in my favorites...