Dill in the Kitchen

The most common use for dill in the kitchen is making dill pickles, however, dill adds flavor to many dishes including poultry, seafood and salads. Because it originated in Southern Russia, the Mediterranean, and West Africa, dill is commonly used in ethnic dishes from these areas.

Salmon and Dill

Dill leaves are best used fresh because most of the flavor is in the oil of the leaves. Dry or frozen dill can be used, but may not impart as strong a flavor. Thus, more may be needed to achieve the same results as fresh. Salt preserved dill will retain the most flavor of any preserved dill and is the best option when dill is out of season.

To spice up dips and cream dishes, add dill to cottage cheese, cream cheese spreads and sour cream. Make an easy vegan dip by mixing four ounces of tofu, a tablespoon of dill, a small handful of chopped onion, and a teaspoon each of capers, mustard, and olive oil.

Make a fresh cucumber salad by tossing two tablespoons of fresh chopped dill in a cup of plain yogurt and toss it with two cups of fresh sliced cucumbers.

Make dill butter by combining two tablespoons of softened butter. Cream the dill and butter together and chill to allow the butter to absorb the flavor. The butter can be separated into pats and frozen for later use. Use the dill butter on bread or melted on top of broiled fish.

Spice up egg salad or potato salad by adding a couple of tablespoons of fresh dill leaves. Sauteed vegetables such as zucchini, squash, asparagus, carrots, and pumpkin are enhanced by the addition of fresh dill while cooking.

Salmon is often paired with dill because the mild favor is enhanced by the herb. Make a dill cream sauce with plain yogurt and dill or simply sprinkle dill on the top of the fish right before serving.

Dill makes a wonderful addition to soups and stews. Make Russian mayonnaise by beating together 2 egg yolks, teaspoon salt, teaspoon powdered mustard, 1/8 teaspoon sugar, 4 tablespoons of lemon juice and a cup of olive oil with a half cup of sour cream and a tablespoon of fresh chopped dill. Use this mayonnaise to add zing to sandwiches.

Dill seeds have a stronger flavor than dill leaves, so use sparingly until the desired flavor is achieved. To bring out an even stronger flavor, slightly crush the dill seeds before adding them to recipes.

Dill seeds can be used in place of caraway seeds in bread or other recipes because the flavor is similar.

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Resources:

World's Healthiest Foods: Cooking Healthy with Dill
Chesapeake Bay Herb Society: 2010 Herb of the Year: Dill
Taste of Home: Cooking with Dill Recipes

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