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Jun 23, 2009 04:33 AM

What to do with abundance of curly parsley?

My SO just brought home a HUGE amount of curly parsley instead of the flat-leafed I asked for. I think curly parsley is pretty flavorless, but have got to use this up! Any ideas?

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  1. How about a chimichurri sauce, or add it to a salad.

    1. make tabouli. we always made tabouli with curry leaf parsley. I don't find it flavorless at all. A little different than flat leaf but still parsley.

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      1. re: scubadoo97

        I agree with scuba. Use the curly cuties just as you would the flat leaf variety. Pesto comes to mind immediately.

      2. You can mince it and freeze it in individual portion plastic packs. It really maintains its flavor. You can sprinkle a pack on top of a stew after its already done and cover it. The parsley will defrost with just the steam of the hot stew.

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        1. re: Andeanlotus

          I second that. Mince them, put in ice cube trays and - voila! - perfect portions to add to or top off a recipe.

          1. re: Andeanlotus

            It's not necessary to freeze it in separate portions or ice cube trays. Finely minced parsley can be frozen in a larger plastic container. It never freezes completely solid. No idea why.
            When you need some, just scrape it out with a spoon or the tip of a knife, without even bothering to defrost. Right into whatever you are preparing.
            Parsley keeps almost all of its bright green color in the freezer. I'm never without a container of frozen minced parsley. So easy when I need just a tablespoon or two.

            BTW, when used in cooking, there is little flavor difference b/w the two types. Raw, yes. Cooked, not enough to worry about when there are other flavors going on.

          2. Add some to Shepherd's salad (also called Israeli salad and various other names) or in chick pea salad, or throw some in fresh carrot juice.

            1. You could make a pesto with walnut oil, pistachios, and some grated parm. Or asiago, if you want something more assertive.