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Do you have any recipes using sorrel?

Jessiet May 20, 2013 09:38 AM

I just harvested quite a lot of sorrel from my garden, and I love the taste of it, but there seems to be a dearth of recipes for it. Can you help out? Seems to me it would be quite good with salmon, in a soup, salad, or in other ways, but would love to have specific recommendations. I wonder why it is not more popular; it's quite easy to grow.

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    bcc May 20, 2013 09:44 AM

    Schav, sorrel soup, usually served cold. Here is one recipe:

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      Jessiet May 23, 2013 08:08 AM

      Have you tried this? It sounds so good; I'll be trying this one! Thank you.

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        bcc May 23, 2013 08:12 AM

        I haven't made it myself, because where I live it would cost me a fortune to get enough sorrel. But I ate it years ago at home, and always liked it.

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          Joebob May 23, 2013 10:04 AM

          Isn't sorrel dandelion greens? If yes, find a field of dandelions and you've got all you can handle.

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            mike0989 May 23, 2013 10:32 AM

            Nope, different beast.

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        eepi May 23, 2013 01:11 PM

        Here's another sorrel soup recipe, French style http://honest-food.net/2012/04/04/fre...

        I don't have quite enough for this quantity, but I'm going to figure out proportions for whatever I can harvest.

      3. GretchenS May 20, 2013 09:50 AM

        My mother used to make wonderful sorrel sauce for salmon. She would saute some onion in butter or a combo of butter and olive oil, then add shredded sorrel and stir till it melted (takes a lot of sorrel, it is like spinach in that respect), then add a bit of freshly ground pepper and a bit of cream. It is not pretty, as the sorrel turns greyish, but it is truly wonderful with salmon. If you have tons of sorrel, this freezes well at the pre-cream stage, then you can pull it out, heat it up and add the cream right before serving.

        Yotam Ottolenghi loves sorrel and I keep meaning to make the yogurt sauce that is about halfway down in this article (and actually right after it he tells about a sauce just like my mother's). http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyl...

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          Caitlin McGrath May 20, 2013 11:40 AM

          I made that Ottolenghi sorrel-yogurt sauce when I made this recipe for chard cakes from his cookbook Plenty: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyl...

          I used the leftover sauce on a few different things, but the best combination was it drizzled over sliced avocado. The tart, tangy flavor was a perfect foil for the richness of the avocado.

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            Jessiet May 23, 2013 08:09 AM

            And I love Ottolenghi! This sounds very good, and it will be added to my list of things to try. Sounds versatile, too.

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              Jessiet May 23, 2013 08:12 AM

              So, two people have recommend his recipes, and I will definitely trying them!

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              mike0989 May 20, 2013 09:55 AM

              I use it with salmon

              Saute shallots and white mushrooms in olive oil
              add about a 1/4 - 1/2 cup dry white wine and reduce to a glaze.
              Add cream (I use heavy) and let steep for 20 - 30 minutes
              Season with white pepper and salt
              Strain out the solids and set aside until ready to use

              When ready to use, add julliened sorrel and let heat through for about 5 minutes.

              Serve with or on the salmon

              1. jpr54_1 May 20, 2013 11:29 AM

                Another name for it is sourgrass.
                I think some ppl don't like it is bcz of its sourness

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                  Jessiet May 23, 2013 08:10 AM

                  It is specifically because of its' sourness that I like it--not too many foods have a sour taste, and I find it so refreshing.

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                    BobB May 31, 2013 12:19 PM

                    Interesting. When I was young we used to pick and eat a wild weed we called sourgrass. I researched it years later and found that what we were eating was actually a variation known as sheep sorrel. I've never heard that term applied to garden sorrel. The flavors of the two are quite similar, though.


                  2. PesachBenSchlomo May 20, 2013 12:50 PM

                    My Ukrainian mom used to make Schav, basically sorrel, potatoes, broth and an egg, all pureed after the potatoes are cooked. I use a hand blender.

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                      Jessiet May 23, 2013 08:10 AM

                      Lovely--adding it to my sorrel recipe file! Thank you.

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                      Joebob May 20, 2013 06:38 PM

                      In France, I had boneless rabbit stuffed with sorrel sautéed in a brown sauce that was wonderful. Sub boneless chicken breasts for rabbit possibly.

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                        Jessiet May 23, 2013 08:11 AM

                        What a wonderful idea--and I happen to have a rabbit in the freezer--any idea what was in the brown sauce?

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                          Joebob May 23, 2013 10:08 AM

                          A basic brown gravy, undoubtedly flavored with pan scrapings after sautéing the "sandwich" and some red wine.

                      2. Windy May 23, 2013 07:12 PM

                        It is lovely stuff. I think it's a shame to cook it and lose the texture. I do like it in soup and with fish, but I also like it torn into salads, like baby spinach.

                        It also marries well with eggs for omelets or frittatas.

                        1. jayt90 May 30, 2013 02:50 PM

                          Try making pesto, and use walnuts instead of pine nuts. Very rich and concentrated.

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                            JudiAU May 30, 2013 04:28 PM

                            Love it added to cold soups or wrapped around fish or mixed with spinach as a sauté

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                              laraffinee May 30, 2013 07:27 PM

                              Sorrel soup - one of my favorite Spring and early summer meals!

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                                hankstramm May 30, 2013 09:40 PM

                                One of the most famous recipes in France involves sorrel with salmon-from the kitchen of the Trois Gros. You should be able to find a recipe online. I have what's supposed to be the original recipe, this is pretty close:


                                1. BobB May 31, 2013 12:23 PM

                                  Here's a list of interesting-looking recipes, including a Mark Bittman one for chicken with sorrel. I'll be making that one this week before my sorrel patch goes completely to seed.


                                  Plus - I almost forgot, I once added some wild (sheep) sorrel to potato salad and it was delicious. I imagine the same would be true of garden sorrel.

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