There are many things that taste better with parsley. This humble herb is easy to find at any supermarket and it is very inexpensive. Unlike many other herbs, parsley has a mild flavor that works well with a plethora of ingredients. It lets you incorporate flavor and color without a taste that is too intense. Plus, parsley has vitamins and minerals that make it good for your health. That includes fiber, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium. Check out these things that taste better with parsley and you’ll know just what I mean.
1. Stuffed Shells
When I make stuffed shells, I use ricotta cheese and a hearty dose of parsley. The herb brings out the flavor of the cheese just right, making stuffed shells one of the many things that taste better with parsley. It also pairs really well with tomato sauce, so you get a double whammy when you toss it into stuffed shells. Yum!
2. Sautéed Mushrooms
Next time you sauté mushrooms to go with your steak, toss in a handful of fresh parsley. It adds a fresh flavor to your ‘shrooms that you’ll love. This works especially well if you also add a bit of freshly minced garlic and some lemon juice. It might be that you love the side dish more than the main course. I don’t you blame you!
Basil isn’t the only herb you can use to make pesto. Parsley stands in well and is a refreshing choice for summertime meals. Combine the parsley with almonds, garlic and olive oil and toss it with linguine. Even if you don’t normally like pesto, you might change your mind after you try this version of it. I guarantee your entire family will like it too.
This is a sauce much like pesto, except it’s made with parsley, garlic, oil and vinegar. It tastes absolutely fabulous over a grilled, sliced flank steak, but also tastes heavenly with chicken or white fish. It’s really easy to make and gives your meal a gourmet touch that can’t be beat.
Eggs are one of the most common things you’ll see topped with parsley. The flavors blend really well and the parsley gives the meal just the right amount of color. Sprinkle parsley over an omelet or quiche. You can also jazz up a simple plate of scrambled eggs or deviled eggs with some parsley on top. Easy enough, right?
6. Potato Salad
I don’t think there’s any better herb/food combination than parsley and potatoes. The herb works its magic in a traditional potato salad, but I really love it in a vinegar based sauce that is poured over red potatoes. Parsley adds that crunch and flavor you crave when you want a comfort food like potato salad. Don’t be afraid to try it in any of your favorite potato salad recipes. You won’t be sorry, I promise!
7. Veggie Salad
Most people don’t think to put herbs in their salad, but doing so gives it a really unique flavor and beefs up the lettuce you use. Parsley is a good choice because it’s pretty mild and won’t overpower the taste of the other veggies. Start with just a handful mixed into your favorite salad and add more as desired. Tasty, isn’t it?
What do you usually do with parsley? If it’s always been a garnish to you, now is the time to try something new. Which one is going to be your top pick? Enjoy and let me know what you think.