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Cold side dish that uses fresh rosemary?

jeisdorfer Apr 27, 2010 09:18 AM

My potted rosemary plant is overflowing! I'm having a BBQ party in two weeks and I'd love to include a recipe using fresh rosemary. I've found all sorts of recipes for roasted potatoes, lamb kebabs, roast chicken ... but I was hoping to do a cold, side dish -maybe some sort of potato or pasta salad? I just don't know!

Any fun ideas?

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  1. operagirl RE: jeisdorfer Apr 27, 2010 09:29 AM

    Not to be a Debbie Downer, but I think you've found so many recipes for cooked dishes because rosemary really shines best when cooked! Raw, it is incredibly pungent, stringent, and overpowering. Maybe you could use a little bit, chopped super fine, in a big batch of marinated mushrooms?

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      MandalayVA RE: operagirl Apr 27, 2010 09:39 AM

      This. I once put some raw rosemary in a potato salad--I didn't think I put in that much but apparently I did because you could smell the rosemary from five feet away and it was all you could taste.

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      Maximilien RE: jeisdorfer Apr 27, 2010 09:36 AM

      you could do a rosemary sorbet .

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        dfrostnh RE: Maximilien Apr 27, 2010 10:05 AM

        rosemary lemonade?

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          jmullen1251 RE: dfrostnh Apr 27, 2010 11:48 AM

          i like the idea of rosemary in drinks - i've seen a recipe for a drink made with pear vodka and rosemary-infused sugar water that i really need to try this spring

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        julesrules RE: jeisdorfer Apr 27, 2010 10:11 AM

        White bean salad or dip

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          katecm RE: julesrules Apr 27, 2010 12:22 PM

          Agreed. Finally chop the rosemary and mix with lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, olive oil for a dressing. Some anchovies if people are amenable. Toss with your white beans and whatever veggies are appealing to you. Let it marinade for a while.

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          Val RE: jeisdorfer Apr 27, 2010 10:31 AM

          I've been roasting beets and carrots and turnips together with cut up onion, garlic, olive oil, and entire branches of rosemary--as it roasts, you will want to stir the mixture a bit from time to time in oven...like you, mine is quite shrub-like! Maybe you could roast some veggies with the rosemary and then serve it cold as a side to your barbeque foods? Roasting veggies is a great way to use rosemary, I've discovered. You'll want to discard the branch but I leave the whole leaves in which are easy to eat once cooked--or fish them out if you prefer. If you do find a raw application for the rosemary leaves, such as potato salad, I would definitely chop finely...it's a very hardy herb.

          1. perk RE: jeisdorfer Apr 27, 2010 11:41 AM

            You can also use rosemary AS skewers...which is kind of fun.

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              Val RE: perk Apr 27, 2010 12:13 PM

              Perk, so true!! Great for kabobs on the grill!

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