Cooking with Fresh Herbs: Chives

9 years ago

I'm going to have to start this latest installment in my series on Cooking with Fresh Herbs by admitting I've only recently become a member of the Chives Appreciation Club. Just as I did with dill, I ignored chives for quite a while in favor of other herbs. But now that I've started using the chives from my garden, I've discovered I really, really like chives.

There's no doubt about it, chives is a subtle flavor, especially compared to some assertive herbs like tarragon, basil, or cilantro. But the subtle oniony chives flavor really makes a difference in a lot of dishes. Some people have never thought of chives as anything other than a baked potato topping, which is too bad, because the flavor of the chives shows up more when they're used in cooked dishes. I first started to appreciate that flavor when I made a frittata with garden veggies, and added a generous handful of chopped chives to the sauteed vegetables before I poured the eggs in.

Chives is a member of the onion family, belonging to the allium branch of the family, along with leeks, garlic, and chives. The plural name is usually used because the plant grows in clumps. The hollow grass-like leaves are the part that's snipped off with scissors and eaten, although the pinkish purple flowers are also edible. Chives are easy to grow yourself, and will come back year after year with little effort on the part of the gardener. If you keep cutting chives through the season, they will grow new grassy leaves, and keep producing until winter comes. There are a few varieties of chives, and the flatter type called garlic chives is also called Chinese Chives.

In the kitchen, chives are often included in omelettes, potato dishes, salads, soups, and bread, and fresh chives are always preferable over dried.

More about Chives:
Farmgirl Fare ~ Growing Chives and recipe for Chives and Herbed Yogurt Cheese

Chives on Toast
Appetizers with Chives
Andrea's Recipes ~ Panko-crusted Crab Cake Bites with Roasted Pepper-Chive Aioli
The Well Seasoned Cook ~ Chives on Toast (pictured above, photo by Susan from The Well Seasoned Cook)
Eggs on Sunday ~ Beluga Lentil Toast Points with Garlic-Chive Goat cheese
Pinch My Salt ~ Creamy Blue Cheese Dip with Lemon and Chives

Chives Used in Bread, Scones, Biscuits, or Pancakes:
Simply Recipes ~ Buttermilk Biscuits with Goat Cheese and Chives
A Year in Bread (Beth) ~ Feta and Chives Cornbread
Treat a Week Recipes ~ Chive and Cheese Scones (Chives Photo below from Treat A Week Recipes)
Closet Cooking ~ Sour Cream and Chive Biscuits
The Modern Apron ~ Chive Blossom Biscuits
Life's Smorgasboard ~ Garlic and Chive Semolina Pancakes


Chives with Eggs:
Chez Pim ~ Perfect Omelette with Chive Flowers
Eggs on Sunday ~ Mushroom, Cheddar, and Chive Crustless Quiche
Greedy Gourmet - Scrambled Egg and Chives Sandwich
Albion Cooks ~ Scrambled Eggs with Peas, Green Garlic, and Chives

Chives in Soup
Lisa's Kitchen ~ Tomato Soup with Polenta Croutons and Chive Oil
Pro Bono Baker ~ Chive and Sour Cream Waffles with Pea and Chive Soup
Kitchen Goddess ~ Butternut, Cheese, and Chive Muffins

Chives with Vegetables or in Salads:
Taste and Tell ~ Lemon-Chive Roasted Vegetables
The Kitchen Sink ~ Creamy Potato Salad with Chives and Peas
Living in the Kitchen with Puppies ~ Creamy Chive Salad Dressing
Eddybles ~ Blue Potato Spring Chive Salad
Morsels and Musings ~ Pork, Ruby Grapefruit and Avocado Salad with Chive Vinaigrette
More Than Burnt Toast ~ Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Chive Dressing
Thyme for Cooking ~ Creamy Cucumber Salad with Fresh Chives

Chives in Main Dishes
Beyond Salmon ~ Slow Roasted Salmon with Chive Oil
Daily Unadventures in Cooking ~ Chicken Salad with Apples and Chives
Cookography ~ Lemon, Chive, and Chicken Pasta
Food and Paper ~ Tagliatelle with Chive Oil
Sidewalk Shoes ~ Garlic Chive Mayo with Chicken
Big Red Kitchen ~ Cheese and Chives Tea Sandwiches

Stir-Fried Chive Buds

Having Fun with Chives:
Columbus Foodie ~ Chive Blossom Vinegar
Rasa Malaysia ~ Stir-Fried Chive Buds (pictured above, photo by Rasa Malaysia)
Is It Edible ~ Chinese Chive Cakes

BlogHer readers, have you discovered the subtle but wonderful flavor of chives? If you have tips for using chives or recipes to share, please leave them in the comments.

You can use the tag Cooking with Fresh Herbs to find all the herb posts in this series.

Kalyn Denny writes about food and at and shares her passion for cooking at Kalyn's Kitchen.

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