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i have almost 1/2 lb of fresh mint. what can i make?

i will need to use up this mint in 2 days, maybe 3 at the most. any suggestions? thanks!

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    1. re: wattacetti

      aha! thank you, wattacetti and youareabunny. yes, i love me a julep or a mojito on a hot summer night. but if i drank enough of such drinks made with 1/2 lb of mint i need to use up in 2-3 days, well, you can imagine what kind of a state i would be in. heh.

      1. if i were to make a pesto with the mint, what could i do with it? just thinking outloud.

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        1. re: ritabwh

          I have a recipe for grilled swordfish that uses a lemon/mint/basil marinade. You could probably use the mint pesto as well.

          1. re: ritabwh

            I use it as a dipping sauce for crackers, veggies, meat, anything . Schmear it chicken, fish before I bake it. Mix it in mashed potatoes... I can go on

            1. re: ritabwh

              I made a parsley-mint pesto recently that came out pretty well (we have bumper crops of both) - about 1 cup each of the leaves, 1/4 c almonds, 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 cloves peeled garlic, 1/2 tsp salt. (Add more/less of anything to taste). Pulse in food processor until consistency is to taste. Makes about a cup of pesto; easy to double/triple. We used it on whole wheat spagetti, but it would also make a good sandwich spread or addition to roasted potatoes.

              1. re: ritabwh

                Mint pesto is fabulous with any lamb preparation - sort of a savory twist on mint jelly.

              2. Steep some in iced tea.
                Make simple syrup infused with mint.

                Alternatively, you could freeze the leaves in ice cubes to preserve them for future use.