One of my favorite herbs is chive. It is so versatile and can add such a surprising element to so many dishes. The addition of chive to something as simple as cauliflower soup can completely change the flavor of a dish. And, now that spring is upon us chives and their relatives (ramps, garlic scapes) are in season-hooray! Here are a few of my favorite ways to use chives in the simplest manner with big flavor impact.
- Add a sprinkle on top of some soft scrambled eggs.
- Add a plentiful amount to cauliflower soup (I featured the recipe last month, look it up!)
- Saute some wild mushrooms (also in season) with minced shallot, crushed garlic-only at the end! Remember garlic cooks for only 30 seconds to 1 minute- and just before serving add a glug of olive oil, some lemon zest and a handful of minced chive.
- For a quick appetizer, place some good quality chevre (goat cheese) in a ramekin, drizzle with olive oil and bake until warmed through about 15-20 minutes. Top with chive and serve with fresh baguette.
- Boil some baby red potatoes. One cooked, smash them with the back of a fork and add a few pats of butter. Pour in a touch of milk to loosen and then add some fresh grated parmigiano-reggiano and a handful minced chive.
- Make a breakfast omelet stuffed with chevre, sautéed mushrooms, parmigiano and minced chive.
- Sass up some pre-made hummus with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of chive.
Now, go have fun and discover your own favorite ways to use this delightful herb!