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May 17, 2013 04:03 AM

Mint Recipes?


I got a bunch of fresh mint leaves from my CSA this week and I also have some growing in a pot this year. Unfortunately, I have absolutely NO recipes that call for fresh mint. I am looking for dinner recipes, not drinks, if possible.

Does anyone have any ideas?

Thank you so much!

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  1. I just made a wonderful chickpea and feta salad with mint, I love combining mint, garlic and olive oil and mixing it into hot new potatoes and serving it with lamb and stuffed tomatoes. Any and all Vietnamese dishes. I love love a delicious fatoush salad with dried and fresh mint.

    1. A watermelon salad with mint and feta is delicious in the summertime. You could add cucumber.

      Second on the Vietnamese dishes. A little pickled carrot and some mint leaves can really brighten up a sandwich, even if you're not doing a classic Vietnamese treat.

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      1. re: eepi

        yep, OH likes watermelon, a minimal amount of tomato, cucumber, mint, salt, pepper, a little olive oil, sometimes a little balsamic, and feta.

      2. This recent clip from Bon Appetit is on my to-try list. I plan to use less fish sauce, but that's just me:

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        1. re: kattyeyes

          Bookmarked, kattyeyes! I'm going to get some ground pork from my guy at the farmer's market tomorrow with this in mind. I've got a tub of gochujang that I'll use instead of the sambal oelek. I'm tempted to roll it up in rice paper wraps. Will probably try as a salad or lettuce wrap first.

          1. re: eepi

            I had to look up gochujang. That sounds yummy!

            I was planning to use my Union Foods chili sauce.

            And though the OP is looking for dinner options, the opportunity to make fresh mint stracciatella should absolutely NOT be overlooked. :)

            1. re: eepi

              My husband stole a taste of the pork from the fridge and confessed that he liked it! I lacked cucumber & was honestly too lazy to go get some. I ate it as a salad and loved it! I do think it would be even better as a wrap with rice stick noodles. My husband liking it was a huge shock! My gochujang is very mild so it wasn't an overwhelmingly spicy bang - and the mint was fantabulous. I might even add some basil and maybe even a sprig of cilantro next time. In rice paper wraps!

              1. re: eepi

                I planted two mint plants in my garden 3 years ago and now it's taken over by storm. I have to constantly pull it out. Id rather cook with it than throw it away.

                I also have a fridge full of gochujang and rice wrappers in the pantry.

                Yum! Thanks!

            2. re: kattyeyes

              Why less fish sauce? One of my favorites.

              1. re: kattyeyes

                Deelishhh! Chopped cashews on top.

                1. re: kattyeyes

                  Gotta make, once get hands on mint. Love savory mint dishes.

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                1. Oh, I'm your huckleberry.
                  Years ago, I sowed mint seeds around the house to deter rodents in the garden (it worked, btw), but the mint got happy and now I have tons.

                  How about a mint chutney to go with lamb chops or beef?

                  I've seen recipes that use ginger (google "mint chutney") and even apple or raisins in the chutney, but I use shallots, scallion, cubano and jalapeno, olive oil and a shot of apple cider vinegar as my standards.

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                  1. re: pinehurst

                    Sowing mint seeds, funny! But did it work to deter rodents?

                    My mint grows in a container but there are mint descendants growing up to 40 feet away in sidewalk cracks, etc.

                    In high season, I make mint pesto to slather on meat and also put slightly crushed stems in cold water as a refreshing drink.

                    1. re: tcamp

                      I don't even care if it deters rodents. I love that my mint clippings are currently forming a mojito garden between the hydrangeas. :)

                      1. re: tcamp

                        It really did work to deter my usual suspects (field mice, chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits) I'm shocked! And I'm incredibly *not* careful with it, and it grows like the dickens anyway.

                        I love mint in water and iced tea, and only recently branched out into making chutneys, pesto, etc. I give a lot away, too.

                        1. re: pinehurst

                          I was thinking of the same thing as a ground cover. Hmm...

                          1. re: buttertart

                            I planted it once as a ground cover. Unless it gets regular water, which I hadn't intended in that spot, in my situation, it put up tall, spindly spikes with not very tasty mint. Where we are now, it escaped from the planter where I had it into the lawn. But it's in a corner so I just mow it down, have a great smell and have plenty of mint along the edges where the mower doesn't reach.

                            1. re: c oliver

                              may depend on your soil. i planted it alongside my old house in pretty sandy soil. eventually it conquered everything else except the fennel. i rarely watered it and had bushels of the stuff every summer.

                              1. re: hotoynoodle

                                Maybe that was the case. That house was on decomposed granite which perhaps drained too fast.

                        2. re: tcamp

                          Oh yeah! Mine was in a container also and is now in that corner of lawn. But I just mow it and it smells sooo good :)