Tonight is the last in the herbs series and I’m going to show you my favourite, Dill. And for anyone who wants to remind me ‘you are what you eat’, go right ahead. 🤣🤣 Dill has an aniseed flavour with hints of fennel and celery that goes particularly well with fish and white meat. It can be quite strong so should be used sparingly. Dill can be added to both hot and cold dishes as sprigs or finely chopped.
There are lots of great uses for dill:
Add chopped dill to a cold potato salad. Or sprinkle dill fronds over potatoes while they’re roasting.
Add a good helping of finely chopped dill to cream cheese and use with smoked salmon in sandwiches or on crackers.
Make a very simple pasta dish by adding the juice of half a lemon and half a cup of chopped dill to cooked spaghetti (or any other ribbon style pasta)
The following is one of my favourite recipes of all time. Combining 3 of my favourite foods - chicken, mushrooms and dill - it’s hearty, warming and very (very) tasty.
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt or to taste
1/4 tsp pepper or to taste
500g chicken thigh fillets cut into 2.5cm cubes
1 medium onion chopped
1 tsp minced garlic or about 2 cloves
350g button mushrooms cut in half
1/2 cup white wine
1 cup chicken stock
2 tbsp fresh dill chopped
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp plain flour * In a large frypan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Generously season with salt and pepper. Add the chicken thighs and cook for about 5 minutes, until no longer pink.
* Add the onion and garlic and cook for 2 more minutes until the onion is soft. Add the mushrooms and continue cooking for about 5 to 7 minutes until the mushrooms soften and are golden brown, stirring occasionally.
* Stir in the white wine and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. * Add the the dill and sour cream and stir to combine. Add the butter to skillet and stir it in to melt. * In a small bowl whisk the flour with a couple ladles of the broth from the pan. Pour this mixture back into the skillet, stir well and let it simmer for another 5 minutes minutes. Taste for seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper as needed.
* Garnish with additional dill if preferred. S - 3 minutes ago