It’s been a bountiful season for scallions, and yet I somehow still can’t get enough. As a child, I wasn’t all that familiar with scallions as an ingredient. I remember my mother using them to make seven layer dip, but not much else. When I first started cooking in college, I thought of scallions as an ingredient that I needed for a few specific recipes only. As I branched out in the kitchen, I began to see scallions in a new light. These days, scallions are one of my favorite kitchen ingredients. They add a punch of color and flavor wherever they are used, and are surprisingly harmonious with a wide variety of ingredients. I love that they are able to serve equally well as garnish and as flavor enhancer. They work well cooked or raw, and the ends can be saved to add depth and flavor to stock. If you’re wondering what to do with your CSA scallions, here are a few ideas:

  • Use them as a garnish for soups and stews - the fresh burst of flavor will up the deliciousness factor!

  • Make traditional scallion pancakes, or try these amazing mung bean pancakes.

  • Add them to stir fries; I like to add them in the last minute of cooking to ensure the flavor stays bright

  • Make a creamy scallion risotto

  • Substitute them for onions or garlic when you run out

  • Grill them!

  • Add them to tacos, burritos, nachos, enchiladas, etc.

  • Use them to top a pizza

  • Saute them with ground pork

  • Tuck them into sandwiches for a gentle bite - they’re especially delicious with chicken (or tuna) salad

  • Roast them

  • Fold them into savory black bean fritters

  • Eggs! Eggs and scallions are made for each other. Cook them with your eggs, or use them raw as a garnish on top

  • Wrap them in bacon

  • Make stir fried rice

How have you been using your scallions? Comment and share your ideas!