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What is parsley?

Parsley is an herb that is commonly used in cooking. It is native to the Mediterranean region, but is now grown worldwide. The two most common types of parsley are curly parsley and Italian (or flat-leaf) parsley. The leaves of parsley are used as a garnish or as a flavoring herb in a variety of dishes, such as soups, stews, and sauces. It is also rich in vitamin C and iron.

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How do you cook with parsley?

Parsley can be used fresh or dried in cooking. It is often used as a garnish to add color and flavor to dishes. Here are a few ways to use parsley in cooking:

  • Chopped parsley can be added to salads, sandwiches, and omelets as a garnish.
  • Fresh parsley can be added to pasta dishes, such as spaghetti sauce or pesto.
  • Parsley can be used to make a flavorful butter by mixing chopped parsley into softened butter. This can be used to top grilled meats or vegetables.
  • Parsley can be used in making a chimichurri sauce, a traditional Argentine herb and garlic condiment.
  • Parsley can be add to marinade for meat or fish dishes.
  • Dried parsley can be used as a seasoning for soups, stews, and casseroles.
  • Parsley oil, that made by blending fresh parsley leaves with oil, can be drizzled on pasta dishes, pizzas, and sandwiches to give a fresh herb flavor

It’s important to note that parsley should be added at the end of cooking, as the flavor will be lost if exposed to high heat for an extended period of time.

What are some good dishes to make with parsley?

Here are a few dishes that commonly use parsley as a flavorful ingredient:

  • Tabbouleh: a Middle Eastern salad made with parsley, tomatoes, onion, bulgur wheat, and lemon juice.
  • Pesto: a traditional Italian sauce made with basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, and garlic. Parsley can be used as a variation to make a more green and light pesto.
  • Minestrone Soup: a hearty Italian soup made with vegetables, beans, and pasta. Parsley is often used as a garnish and a flavoring ingredient for this soup.
  • Chimichurri Sauce: a popular sauce in Argentina and other South American countries. Made of parsley, cilantro, garlic, olive oil, red wine vinegar, red pepper flakes, and other herbs and spices.
  • Gremolata: a traditional Italian condiment made with parsley, lemon zest, and garlic. Gremolata is often sprinkled on top of osso buco and other braised meats.
  • Grilled fish or chicken with Parsley-Lemon Butter: The herbs and butter can be mixed together and brushed over fish or chicken before grilling.
  • Roast vegetables with parsley: Parley could be used to garnish a tray of roasted vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, parsnips and onions for a fresh herb accent.

These are just a few examples, parsley can be used to flavor and garnish many dishes. And also can be added to soups, stews, sauces, and marinades to give them a fresh and bright flavor.

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