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Favorite ways to use up a giant bunch of cilantro?

Hi hounds.

I wanted to make guacamole today so I bought some cilantro, but the bunches at the market were enormous--about 2 to 3 times the size of usual grocery stores bundles. So I'm looking for recipes that use a large quantity of cilantro. Bonus points if they make something that would keep or freeze well for a bit. I'm thinking pestos, salad dressings, chutneys . . . anyone have any tried and true recipes? I would love to hear them! Thanks in advance :)

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  1. Chutney its really more like pesto but mint and Cilantro is amazing as a sauce for lamb, samosa's etc I love the stuff and it freezes well.

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      1. re: tidecreek

        How about a batch of Chili Verde it freezes well too

        1. re: tidecreek

          That was going to be my suggestion too as something that freezes well. I also make a chicken tomatillo soup that is a variation on a chile verde that freezes well.

          I also find that it keeps for almost two weeks in the crisper drawer and I never have problems with using it up before it goes bad. I even use it in rum and whiskey based cocktails.

      2. Wasn't there a thread on this topic within the past month?

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/843703

        1. I make "Cilantro Pesto" and use in on salad, pasta, meats. Just follow any pesto recipe. Or go rogue and add ginger / lemon instead.

          1. Marinade: cilantro, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, oregano, lime juice, and olive oil. Splash of tequila is optional. I use it mostly on skirt and flank steak but it also works on chicken and London broil.

            1. Homemade ranch dressing.