Chives, scientifically known as Allium schoenoprasum, belong to the onion family. It is the smallest species of the edible onions. It is a perennial plant which means it re grows. The plant is native to Europe, Asia and North America. The Asian variety of chive is called Chinese chives, garlic chives or kuchai. The plant has green straw-like stems that are hollow inside. The flowers are colored in an exotic shade of purple. The structure and full-bloomed flower add glory to the garden. The plant is also very commonly used in European cuisines and has a mild, grassy flavor. The flavor may remind you of baby spring onions or leeks. Fresh chives give the individual flavor of green onions without the characteristic texture. Chives taste great when added to any dish.
Here are a few ways to use chive in the kitchen:
Scrambled eggs and fresh chives
Chives serve as a great ingredient in any egg dish. This particular recipe is an easy to make dish that you can have for lunch. This makes an ideal breakfast too. First of all take break eggs into a bowl and whisk until the yolks and egg whites are blended well. Then add two chopped chives into the eggs. You can add small bits of cubed ham, bacon or left over chicken to add taste.
Classic Baked Potatoes with Genuine Butter and Fresh Chives
Baked potatoes are a lot of people’s favorite item on the menu. Even people who do not like baked potatoes so much will love this dish. Chives, butter and sour creams is a perfect combination for cooking baked potatoes. Most herbs lose flavor when dehydrated. The same can be said for chives as the dehydrated variety does not have the same deep flavor as the fresh ones. When preparing baked potatoes, top it with fresh chives and sour cream. Brush butter all over the potato.
Mashed Potatoes, Bacon, Cheddar and Chives
Like Baked potatoes, mashed potatoes taste great when embellished with toppings and stir-ins too. People no longer prefer bland mashed potatoes. They are flavorless and unsavory. To infuse flavor in the simple dish fresh chives, bacon bits, and cheddar cheese may be added. After the potatoes are baked and mashed, add a handful of crisp crumbled bacon, shredded sharp cheddar cheese and fresh chopped chives. The end result will be colorful and mouthwatering.
Cream Soup and Fresh Tasty Chives
Cream soup too can be somewhat bland too. The situation can be handled by adding some chosen herbs and spices. Chives can be sprinkled over cream soup to add flavor. This will turn the soup into a beautiful green color. It will also concentrate the hot soup.
Cream Cheese and Chives
Cream cheese and fresh chives make a very good combination on its own too. The fresh grown chives when added to purchased cream cheese tastes delightful. This sauce tastes good with crackers, toasted bagels and bread. It creates a unique taste when spread on raw vegetables. A combination like this can be purchase from superstores but the home made version is much better in taste. This sauce can vary in taste when made by different people. This is because each individual uses different proportions of the ingredients.
Fresh Chives and Whipped Butter
Fresh chives can also be paired with flavored butter. This is a really tasty savory that blends well when eaten with hot rolls and crackers. To make flavored butter, whip genuine butter in a bowl. Add freshly pasted chives after the butter has softened. It can be used as a topping on other dishes. Whichever dish that is, it will surely be a scrumptious treat for the taste buds.
So, the next you go to the super market, be sure to get some chives. These are available throughout the world. But if you want to grasp the original raw grassy flavor of chive in your meals, then it is best that you plant chives in your garden, backyard or even pots. Chive are easy to grow and convenient to use. It will not only beautify the location but also be a cooking aid for you.
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