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How to use up a box of dried currants?

IndyGirl Jan 21, 2013 11:13 AM

Hi !

I bought a box of currants for a recipe and used about a half cup. I'd love some ideas to use up the rest of it! I know they appear in middle eastern cooking, and I love that cuisine, so that'd be fine with me!

  1. goodhealthgourmet Jan 21, 2013 11:46 AM

    couscous, quinoa or rice pilaf (or a curried grain salad)
    Catalan-style greens
    chutney
    scones
    granola
    oatmeal cookies
    rice pudding

    1. Caitlin McGrath Jan 21, 2013 01:08 PM

      As GHG says, they're nice in pilaf. I particularly recommend Itamar's Bulgur Pilaf from Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi, where they marry nicely with coriander seeds, pink peppercorns, and sweet peppers and onions.

      Here's the recipe: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/foo...

      Also great tossed into sauteed greens (spinach, chard, rapini, etc.) with toasted pine nuts or chopped toasted almonds and a squeeze of lemon juice or splash of vinegar.

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        CloggieGirl Jan 21, 2013 02:05 PM

        They're great in rich breads like brioche and challah.

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          relizabeth Jan 21, 2013 04:13 PM

          We put a tablespoon or so of currants in our oatmeal every morning.

        2. jmcarthur8 Jan 21, 2013 04:30 PM

          You can use them in oatmeal cookies, and I love to use them to make currant scones.

          1. Jetgirly Jan 21, 2013 09:03 PM

            I really enjoyed this recipe:

            http://ohsheglows.com/2011/09/27/deto...

            1. Science Chick Jan 22, 2013 03:08 PM

              Caramelize ALOT of onions in olive oil, add currants, pine nuts and tofu squares....S&P. Serve on grain of your choice.....

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                Querencia Jan 22, 2013 03:14 PM

                Picadillo. Saute ground beef and onion in a little olive oil. Add an 8-oz can of tomato sauce and a can or two of water, season with salt, a little garlic, and plenty of cumin, then add a handful each of stuffed green olives and currants (or raisins) and simmer for a few minutes. Serve with rice. The saltiness of the olives goes up against the sweetness of the currants or raisins. Freezes perfectly. Common in Hispanic countries.

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                1. re: Querencia
                  westsidegal Jan 22, 2013 06:56 PM

                  since this is the vegetarian/vegan board, i'd guess that a dish made with ground beef would not fill the bill

                2. westsidegal Jan 22, 2013 06:55 PM

                  make the persian dish, ADDAS POLO, using brown rice.
                  basically it is brown rice, lentils, currants, and raisons.

                  if you like you can sprinkle some toasted sliced almonds on top for added protein and texture.

                  1. sunshine842 Jan 23, 2013 07:10 AM

                    anywhere you'd use raisins or dried cranberries. I'd put them in my next batch of homemade granola.

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                      CloggieGirl Jan 26, 2013 09:06 PM

                      Spotted dick. Teeheehee.

                      1. IndyGirl Jan 27, 2013 03:29 PM

                        Well, I used some of them... I think I made about thirty pounds of granola this weekend, and I stuck some in some of the flavors! I'll be sure to use them in many of the other ways that have been suggested as well. Thanks !

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                          femmevox Feb 5, 2013 07:44 PM

                          In sweet and sour red cabbage

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