Chive blossoms are a flavorful, aromatic and colorful edible flower that will appear in your herb garden in the springtime and also at farmers markets. They have a delicate flavor of onions and garlic and they can be used in all kinds of ways. Here are a few ideas on how to use chive blossoms:
Sautéed Asparagus with Clive Blossoms
A great springtime combination. Trim off the tough bottom ends of the asparagus.
If your asparagus are fat, you might want to blanch them for a minute or two, but if they're skinny, don't bother. (If you do blanch them, make sure they are fully dry before you sauté them.) Heat a tablespoon or so of olive oil in a wide sauté pan, and when it's hot, add the asparagus. Sauté for 3 or 4 minutes, tossing frequently. Add a handful of chopped chives and chive blossoms and sauté for another minute, then finish with a bit of butter, a squeeze of lemon juice and Kosher salt to taste.
Goat Cheese and Chive Blossoms Omelet
Sauté a handful of chopped fresh chives and chive blossoms and set aside. Then make a basic folded omelet with four eggs, and fill with goat cheese and the chive mixture. Garnish with additional chive blossoms.
Angel Hair Pasta with Chive Blossom Cream Sauce
Melt 3 Tbsp of butter along with some minced garlic, then sprinkle 2 Tbsp flour to make a roux. Cook for a few minutes, stirring, then add 2 cups of chicken stock or broth, whisking until well blended.
Cook for five minutes or until reduced by one-third, then add ¼ cup of sour cream and whisk until smooth. Add a handful of chopped fresh chives and chive blossoms, then toss with one pound cooked angel hair pasta.
Sautéed Chicken Cutlets with Chive Blossoms
Season the chicken cutlets with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Heat a pan with a knob of butter along with a tablespoon of oil, until the fat is sizzling hot, then add the chicken cutlets and cook for three minutes or until golden brown, then turn the cutlets and add a handful of chopped fresh chives and whole chive blossoms to the pan. Continue cooking another few minutes until done. Remove cutlets from pan and set aside. Add some chicken stock to the pan and reduce for a minute or so. You can add more butter at this stage if you wish, and season the sauce to taste with salt. Drizzle the chive blossom sauce over the chicken and serve.
Chive Blossom Mashed Potatoes
Chives and potatoes, a classic combination. In this case, not only do the chive blossoms add flavor, they also add color to the mashed potatoes, which otherwise don't have much color to them. Just chop the chives and chive blossoms and stir into the mashed potatoes. Here's a mashed potato recipe.
Also see: What are Chives?