Monday, July 8, 2013

CSA Share Ninja Rescue 2013: Chives

It's Monday, which means it's time again for the CSA Share Ninja Rescue, a weekly feature in which you tell me on Fridays what veg you got in your CSA share box (or found at the farmers' market) that you don't know what to do with and I'll give you a whole bunch of recipe ideas on the following Monday.

This week: The Chive Five!

So far this summer, my readers have been looking for unusual ways to use some standard veg -- to add a little variety to their vegertoires, if you will (heh). Case in point: chives.

We're all familiar with the typical ways to use this member of the onion family: as a garnish, mixed into mashed potatoes,  as a topping with sour cream for a baked potato. And, of course, you can use them in any dish in which you want only mild onion flavor.

But if you want to be all ninja-like in the kitchen, how about trying something a little different with that fat bunch of chives?

The Chive Five 
  1. Chive oil: An infused oil that is easy-peasy to make and gorgeous to behold (check out the color!!)
  2. Creamy chive sauce: A nice sauce to serve with grilled chicken breasts
  3. Chive biscuits: Ordinary biscuits? Not when you can chive 'em up
  4. Five-herb pesto: Arugula, basil, chives, coriander and oregano -- certainly not ordinary pesto
  5. Chive cheese: Easy to make and a great substitute for mozzarella in a summery caprese salad
Do you have any other suggestions for using chives? Or do you need help with another type of veg? Leave a comment: The Ninj wants to know.


  1. I have so many chives growing in my garden. Have you ever made chive blossom vinegar? So lovely!
    I'm going to have to make chive oil.. that sounds like it would be yummy!

    1. My chives, too, are out of control. I have even dug up big globs of them and given them away and I still have too many. Every year I swear I'm going to make chive blossom vinegar and then never manage to do it. Maybe next year? :-)