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Ways to use fresh Rosemary

andabien Sep 6, 2013 02:00 PM

So I have this large rosemary bush, that only seems to get bigger. What are some favorite ways to use fresh rosemary?

  1. monavano Sep 6, 2013 02:07 PM

    My favorites are stuffing chickens for baking.
    I've also been using it for marinade. Finely chopped rosemary, crushed garlic, evoo, s and p. Amazing, amazing with steak.
    I also use it in ANKB.

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    1. re: monavano
      Nyleve Sep 6, 2013 05:49 PM


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        4Snisl Sep 7, 2013 10:40 AM

        I'm guessing almost no knead bread? Rosemary would be good in that, regardless!

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          monavano Sep 7, 2013 02:50 PM

          Correct, thank you.
          Smells amazing.

    2. pinehurst Sep 6, 2013 02:08 PM

      I have used it for pesto, thrown on the charcoal of my grill esp. when cooking pork, and donated to my neighbor who makes little sachets of it with mint leaves for her winter/summer storage closets.

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        foodieX2 Sep 6, 2013 02:11 PM

        If the stalks are thick they make great skewers for any kind of meat/veggie kabobs.

        Lamb in general is wonderful with fresh rosemary. I throw it in a FP with garlic, mustard, salt, pepper and olive oil. Coat a leg lamb with it and roast.

        It can be used to infuse vodka or better yet use to make rosemary simple syrup. Wonderful in lemonade on it own or with vodka. A little goes a long way.

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        1. re: foodieX2
          fldhkybnva Sep 7, 2013 01:32 PM

          My favorite recipe for lamb is a rub with olive oil, rosemary, crushed garlic, dijon, salt and pepper and grill or broil.

        2. bobabear Sep 6, 2013 02:12 PM

          I just saw a recipe that called for creating skewers with the rosemary stem itself! Haven't gotten around to trying it, but great idea for grilling kebabs or veggies.

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          1. re: bobabear
            Bigjim68 Sep 6, 2013 05:44 PM

            I've used Rosemary twigs as skewers. I will also layer the stems in the bottom of a pan when roasting chicken pieces. It keeps the chicken out of the grease and imparts a good flavor.

          2. Chinon00 Sep 6, 2013 03:53 PM

            Roasted potatoes not tossed in evoo and fresh rosemary should be punishable by death.

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            1. re: Chinon00
              Owtahear Sep 7, 2013 02:53 PM

              Absolutely agree. THAT is the only way to make them. Especially the small red potatoes. Just fantastic with romemary and EVOO and some garlic and salt.

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              smtucker Sep 6, 2013 05:13 PM

              When my rosemary gets out of control, I cut it back, soak the branches, and then use them to smoke lamb chops. You get a lovely, subtle flavor of rosemary without getting burnt herbs on your meat.

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              1. re: smtucker
                c oliver Sep 6, 2013 05:54 PM

                So it doesn't get an overwhelming taste?

                @OP: I've gone at mine in various gardens with pruners, cutting branches all the way to the ground. I've given it as 'hostess gifts.' I laugh when a recipe calls for a teaspoon of it :)

                "If the stalks are thick enough"??? I could probably skewer a whole, small animal with them!

                1. re: c oliver
                  smtucker Sep 6, 2013 06:26 PM

                  Flavor is smoke of rosemary... very subtle.

                  I give whole bags of the stuff to anyone who even whispers that they make focaccia. Freezes really well in those bags.

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                    c oliver Sep 6, 2013 06:30 PM

                    Never thought about freezing. Here in Reno I don't know if it will overwinter so I'll cut some and freeze. Thanks for the tip.

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                      Bigjim68 Sep 6, 2013 06:50 PM

                      It will probably overwinter, especially if it somewhat protected. I have not had a problem here in Richmond, mine do well and we usually have a few near zero days

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                        c oliver Sep 6, 2013 06:54 PM

                        Good to know. Thanks.

                      2. re: c oliver
                        NVJims Sep 8, 2013 06:29 PM

                        You need to get a cold weather variety like Arp. The stuff sold at most garden stores/big boxes is not cold tolerant.

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                          c oliver Sep 8, 2013 06:48 PM

                          I got mine at Moana Nursery but don't know the kind. We'll see :)

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                  nlgardener Sep 6, 2013 06:38 PM

                  Ditto to rosemary in the cavity of roasting chicken.

                  Another way I love to use rosemary is to take a few short pieces and use them to infuse heated cream for mashed potatoes (along with crushed fresh garlic, whole black
                  peppercorns and a bay leaf). Gently warm the mixture, let sit while boiling the potatoes, then strain and mash the potatoes with the cream adding a bit of butter. Heavenly!

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                  1. re: nlgardener
                    c oliver Sep 6, 2013 06:41 PM

                    That is a GREAT idea! Thanks.

                  2. ipsedixit Sep 6, 2013 06:41 PM

                    Make rosemary bread.

                    Also great in ice cream.

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                      Dirtywextraolives Sep 6, 2013 06:43 PM

                      I have one of those bushes too :)

                      Trim whole branches and stick on raw meat, poultry & lamb to help flavor while marinating

                      Roasted vegetables like potatoes, squash, onions

                      Kneaded into bread dough, pizza dough, or in melted butter to brush on rolls, biscuits while baking

                      Stirred into polenta, mashed potatoes, farro, couscous

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                        c oliver Sep 6, 2013 06:45 PM

                        I was with you totally until the last one. Uncooked rosemary is something I really don't care for.

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                          Dirtywextraolives Sep 6, 2013 06:47 PM

                          You can stir minced leaves in before cooking ;)

                      2. clepro Sep 7, 2013 12:44 AM

                        Today I broke stalks of rosemary off my bush and rested the meaty chicken wings I was cooking on them. Added salt, pepper, olive oil, garlic cloves, and a squeezed lemon, plus the dejuiced lemon itself cut up and thrown in the pan. Near the end I glazed the wings with the peach bbq sauce I canned last week. But here's the kicker. By the time the wings were done, the rosemary stalks had turned crunchy and were infused with all the flavors in the pan. We ate them too, by slipping the stalk through our teeth much as you might eat an artichoke leaf. They were delicious.

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                          andabien Sep 7, 2013 08:44 AM

                          Thanks to everyone for all the great ideas.

                          1. Fowler Sep 7, 2013 09:16 AM

                            It is great in a paste on rack of lamb. Rosemary, mustard, olive oil, garlic, S&P and that is it. Slather it on the rack of lamb and roast or grill.

                            And a good side is rosemary potatoes. Slice potatoes into thick strips and toss them in olive oil, rosemary and S&P. Bake them in the oven until golden brown. Squirt a little fresh lemon juice and grate a little cheese on them before serving.

                            1. eatzalot Sep 7, 2013 10:00 AM

                              Italian (as distinct from Italian-American) cooking makes particular use of Rosemary (also Sage), and both are unusually easy to grow.

                              Marcella Hazan and Paul Bertolli (both of whom spent time cooking in Italy) have some great examples in their cookbooks. Rosemary with roasted potatoes (with or without also garlic, balsamic vinegar, etc) as chinon already mentioned. (Bertolli, of "Chez Panisse Cooking," which describes cooking potatoes in that Italian way, was about the longest-tenured chef of Alice Waters's restaurant, although many people seem not to know that.)

                              Rosemary in meat dishes: I use it as a flavoring often in braises. A few years ago Joyce Goldstein published a useful prototype recipe from Italy for "veal in wine-rosemary juices" that applies to many meats, but the core idea was fresh rosemary along with wine, in meat braises or stews.

                              Or, a whole trimmed pork loin rubbed with a paste of crushed garlic and chopped fresh rosemary with olive oil, allowed to season overnight refrigerated, then braised in its own juices in a covered Dutch oven, chilled, and sliced to serve cold -- your own superior Italian delicatessen cold-cuts!

                              Lay fresh, rinsed, rosemary sprigs over a hot (but not too hot) charcoal grill, then plain meats like boneless chicken thighs over the rosemary. Cover and cook slowly, the rosemary beautifully perfumes the meat.

                              1. eclecticsynergy Sep 7, 2013 11:03 AM

                                When roasting a chicken, I sometimes loosen the skin a bit and place rosemary sprigs underneath before the bird goes into the oven,

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                                  sweethooch Sep 7, 2013 11:20 AM

                                  Here is a prior thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/861465

                                  I love this paste for pork -- garlicky-lemony-rosemary-spicy goodness from Michael Chiarello -- it keeps in fridge or freezer for ages. The recipe is for slow-cooked butt or shoulder, but I also put it on pork chops and grill them and it's fabulous. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/mi...

                                  I no longer roast the garlic ahead of time; it roasts itself. I use less salt -- more like 3T I think. I use fresh rosemary, ground coriander, and ancho chili powder if I can't find chipotle. It's pretty flexible and really amazingly delicious.

                                  Note that the quantities listed make at least 2x what you need; as I said, the extra keeps wonderfully.

                                  1. mrbigshotno.1 Sep 7, 2013 12:45 PM

                                    Jam as much of it into the cavity of a domestic duck and roast on a miropaux.

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                                      c oliver Sep 7, 2013 02:06 PM

                                      Considering the amount of fat in a duck, why waste the vegetables in the mirepoix?

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                                        mrbigshotno.1 Sep 8, 2013 12:06 PM

                                        More aromatic flavor.

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                                      Owtahear Sep 7, 2013 02:51 PM

                                      Rosemary is my favorite herb. My girlfriend doesn't like it. Might be grounds for....

                                      Anyway, I have two beautiful Rosemary plants.........aside from making an infused olive oil....I got to wait until she is traveling to make dishes with it.

                                      1. DiningDiva Sep 7, 2013 03:03 PM

                                        This is simple and relies on common ordinary ingredients

                                        Fill up a pitcher with water. Place one or two branches of rosemary in the water depending upon how intense you want it.

                                        Allow the herb to steep/infuse (you can chill it while it's steeping). Drink straight or over ice. Surprisingly refreshing

                                        The amount of time you leave the rosemary branches in the water will vary depending upon how strong the herb you're using is, and how strong you want the water.

                                        1. hambone Sep 7, 2013 03:09 PM

                                          From a steak post earlier this week:

                                          Not that hanger [steak] needs anything but I've gotten rave reviews for this:

                                          Marinated Hanger
                                          1/2 cup soy (not low sodium if you can)
                                          1 tablespoon Worcestershire
                                          2 teaspoons angostino bitters
                                          1/4 tablespoons olive oil
                                          1 heaping tablespoon Dijon
                                          1/2 large head garlic, minced/pressed
                                          4 large sprigs fresh rosemary
                                          fresh ground black pepper (your preference I go about 2 teaspoons)

                                          1 cup Porter beer (I use Anchor Porter because I'm going to drink 5 1/3 of them so I get a six pack of what I like.)

                                          3 1/2 pounds trimmed hanger steaks (about 6 pieces)

                                          Whisk everything except the beer and the steak till well mixed, then gently mix in the beer.

                                          Marinate for 4+ hours, turning a few times if possible. Then remove from marinade, let stand at room temp and pat dry. The pat dry is really important for getting a good crust on the grill.

                                          Get the grill really hot. Two stage cook em -- char them over the flames then on the indirect side till done.

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                                            Gloriaa Sep 7, 2013 03:30 PM

                                            I love the pine nut tarte with rosemary whipped cream from epicurious. I use it quite sparingly because it is strong. I really liked it but my 12 year old daughter still talks about the travesty of rosemary whipped cream.

                                            1. MunchkinRedux Sep 8, 2013 08:10 AM

                                              Spiced Nuts (I prefer using pecans - more nooks and crannies to help the flavorings stick): http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ni...

                                              1. katz66 Sep 20, 2013 04:56 AM

                                                I put rosemary in the coals of my grill to get the smell when grilling and chop it and
                                                toss in roasting potatoes.
                                                chop for compound butter.
                                                put it in cherry tomatoes I roast for tossing with pasta or bread.
                                                add it to the marinades for my lamb or flanksteak

                                                1. tcamp Sep 20, 2013 05:16 AM

                                                  If you're really overrun with it, cut a few long sprigs and stick in a vase with cut flowers or other yard trimmings (ornamental grass is nice). Looks pretty, smells nice.

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                                                  1. re: tcamp
                                                    katz66 Sep 20, 2013 05:46 AM

                                                    I do that also and it's really nice when you have it in a low arrangement on the dinner table

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