Ever buy a bunch of herbs for a recipe, only to use a scant stem and find the rest wilted with dehydration a week later? This has admittedly been a long-standing problem in my kitchen, and I'm determined to cultivate a solution for it. This week I've addressing a fresh herb I have an ongoing problem forgetting to use: chives.
Although chives may be a perennial hardy in the garden, once they're in your crisper, don't expect their delicate, slender scapes to last over a week.
Before they devolve into a sorry state bound for the compost bin, be sure take advantage of chives and their light onion flavor. A few examples:
- Start the day off right with a classic pairing of smoked salmon, cream cheese, and snipped chives.
- Use them to add pungency to any mashed potatoes or any other potato dish.
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- Mix with thick, Greek-style yogurt for your own sandwich spread.
- Boost an onion dip's flavor with the addition of chopped chives.
- Extend the life of your chives — and add flavor to just about everything — by making your own compound butter.
- Use chives to liven up your salad in a dressing or vinaigrette.
Have we left out any other uses for chives? Let us know in the comments below!