Special DillIvery!
July 8, 2017 10:22 AM   Subscribe

I have a large bunch of fresh dill. I've already made a batch of awesome pickles, but I need ideas of how to use the rest! I don't grow it, so I'm not sure what to do with it. Please hit me with your most dill-icious recipes that make use of the fresh herb. No dietary restrictions or allergies, southeastern US so I can access lots of premium farm produce right about now as well as just about any other ingredient.
posted by little mouth to Food & Drink (36 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
Have you made dumplings? Do you have any friends from the northern parts of China? Buy a stack of wrappers and replace the napa cabbage in usual dumpling filling recipes with dill -- A+, serve with Chinkiang black Chinese vinegar, or a drier balsamic vinegar, in a pinch.
posted by batter_my_heart at 10:26 AM on July 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

Spaniikopita - any old recipe will do. I usually double the recommended dill, and I use half spinach and half mustard greens for the rest.

A dill/mayo/lemon dressing for a tofu, pasta or chicken salad.

I also like chopped dill in a mixed greens salad.
posted by Frowner at 10:31 AM on July 8, 2017 [2 favorites]

You can dry it, and then put it in a jar. It will be the best dried dill you ever used in a winter.
posted by Oyéah at 10:40 AM on July 8, 2017 [2 favorites]

Some dishes I like to throw fresh dill in when I have it:

-A breakfast hash with potatoes, roasted zucchini, and flaked salmon (canned is fine)
-Any salad, but it's particularly nice in a balsamic vinaigrette with feta
posted by ripley_ at 10:41 AM on July 8, 2017

Just made this a few days ago, delicious: chop dill and red onion, add olive oil, lemon zest and juice. Pour everything over salmon and bake it in the oven.
posted by meijusa at 10:44 AM on July 8, 2017

How 'bout Tzatziki sauce? Cucumber, dill, and Greek yogurt. Simple, fresh and delish!
posted by Lord Fancy Pants at 10:48 AM on July 8, 2017 [6 favorites]

I've posted about my great love of Greek peas before:
I was never a fan of peas at all, until I moved to Greece and tasted them the Greek way, as Arakas Kokinistos (peas with tomato and dill), which I loooove.

This is basically the way we make ours. (site takes a bit to load) We don't bother thawing the peas, and sometimes if we have real chicken broth on hand, we will use that instead of water. We also cook ours a bit longer, at least an hour, and it's a less runny than the image on the site. Some people add carrots and/or potatoes. Sometimes we add garlic.

We always have it with feta on the side. This is great alone, but one of my absolute favorite meals is fried fish and arakas. I also love them served over a rusk or melba toast, with a sunny side up egg on top for breakfast or lunch. However we serve it, there is never, ever any left uneaten, because it's even better the next day. yum.
The fresh dill is the magic! And, now I'm going to have to make these tomorrow. Updates to the above quote are that the link seems to load fine now, and we are mostly having our fish baked with lemon instead of fried. The peas will be great with anything, mind, but I love them especially with fish (when not on their own). Also, I didn't mention that we usually make a larger quantity than the linked recipe, using a whole large bag of peas.

Will definitely make these tomorrow! Enjoy your wonderful dill. :)
posted by taz at 10:50 AM on July 8, 2017 [9 favorites]

The process of making Gravlax is a highly delicious way of using fistfuls of dill.
posted by rhizome at 10:55 AM on July 8, 2017 [8 favorites]

(Oh, also, I should mention that I sometimes throw a bunch of dill in the freezer so that I will always have it on hand – so that's also an option if you run out of dishes + time before you run out of dill.)
posted by taz at 10:58 AM on July 8, 2017 [3 favorites]

baghali polo
posted by Swisstine at 11:00 AM on July 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

Mix with cream cheese to put in bagels.

Hungarian mushroom soup recipes call for lots of dill. If the recipe calls for dried, double the amount when substituting fresh.

Dill is excellent with giant lima beans prepared Greek-style.

David Lebovitz' white bean dip is delicious!
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 11:01 AM on July 8, 2017

Dill goes wonderfully with carrots. You could make a simple soup or just sautee sliced carrots in butter (maybe with some onion) and throw in a bunch of dill.
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:06 AM on July 8, 2017 [2 favorites]

From Whole-sisters.com:

Paleo Dump Ranch

(I use cilantro and dill for the herbs)


1 egg
1 cup "light" olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup full fat canned coconut milk, stirred
1 handful fresh herb of choice or 3 tablespoons dried parsley

Blend with an immersion blender in a wide mouth mason jar for approximately one minute! Don't start incorporating herbs until the last 15 seconds or it will turn your ranch green. Store in the fridge up to one week.

It is SO GOOD! I literally just came back from Eastern Market and realized I forgot to get dill! :-(
posted by jgirl at 11:09 AM on July 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

Seconding tzatziki. I also get occasional bunches of dill and that always means a week's worth of meals with tzatziki. So cool and refreshing! I don't have a particular recipe to point to, but I like red wine vinegar in place or white vinegar or lemon.

If you were going to make some homemade chicken soup, dill is a nice addition. Also if you're sprucing up store-bought.
posted by Room 641-A at 11:09 AM on July 8, 2017

If you have any favourite but basic dishes based on eggs, cheese, yogurt, tomatoes or potatoes, you'll find that dill will be an easy and awesome add-on. Some of my go-to choices:

1. Mac and cheese (from scratch or from the magical blue box)
2. Omelettes (with or without cheese)
3. Tomato soup (from scratch or from the red can)
4. Mashed potatoes with yogurt.
5. Hot dog or hamburger: instead of ballpark mustard, use Dijon and dill
6. Egg salad / potato salad / chickpea salad
7. Cheese biscuits

You might also try a compound butter, like this one. I've only made it with basil so far (SO good) but dill seems like an excellent choice, too.
posted by maudlin at 11:36 AM on July 8, 2017 [3 favorites]

Chicken soup is delicious with fresh dill! Fresh herbs make canned or boxed stock taste soooo much better.
posted by Aquifer at 11:43 AM on July 8, 2017

A cream sauce with loads of dill and some onion or chives is lovely on new potatoes.
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 12:13 PM on July 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

Mix with cream cheese, lemon juice, and black pepper. Serve with smoked salmon. Or spread on a piece of smoked salmon, roll up like a Swiss roll, and slice.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 12:49 PM on July 8, 2017

My favorite coleslaw - for the dressing:
1/4 cup of vinegar (white)
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons mayonaise
garlic (all the cloves of a nice medium-sized garlic bulb - less if you're not a big garlic fan I guess, but, I like to put a whole bulb through the garlic press for this)

Mix the above together. Chop up a head of cabbage, chop up a bunch of dill, add dressing, and voila.
posted by oh yeah! at 12:55 PM on July 8, 2017

Dill bread or dill rye.
posted by Room 641-A at 12:58 PM on July 8, 2017

Baked potato with butter and fresh dill.
posted by amtho at 1:01 PM on July 8, 2017

Dip dip dip dip dip dip
posted by Melismata at 1:04 PM on July 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

Dill and cucumber gin fizz. Also good in a regular gin and tonic.
posted by clearlydemon at 1:07 PM on July 8, 2017 [2 favorites]

Boil new potatoes and mix in a tiny bit of olive oil, a few teaspoons of Dijon mustard and loads of chopped dill. Delicious and clears your sinuses. Great with poached salmon and asparagus.
posted by kadia_a at 1:11 PM on July 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

White rice is great with dill!
posted by vivzan at 1:31 PM on July 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

Tahini sauce with dill.
posted by wyzewoman at 2:35 PM on July 8, 2017

Goat Cheese, Asparagus and Dill Pasta

1/4 cup pine nuts
3/4 pound fettuccine (or other thick-stranded pasta)
2 bunches asparagus, trimmed, halved lengthwise, and cut crosswise into thirds
4 ounces creamy goat cheese log, broken into pieces
2 tablespoons grainy mustard
2 tablespoons snipped fresh dill leaves
Coarse salt and ground pepper

In a small skillet over medium heat, toast pine nuts, stirring often, until golden, 2 to 3 minutes.

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook fettuccine until al dente, according to package instructions, adding asparagus during last 5 minutes of cooking. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water; drain.

Return pasta, asparagus, and reserved pasta water to the pot. Toss with goat cheese, mustard, dill, and toasted pine nuts. Season with coarse salt and ground pepper.

(Thank you, Martha!)
posted by nathaole at 2:50 PM on July 8, 2017

If you want to try a different approach, try looking for Indian recipes for dill using the keywords "suva bhaji". Some Indians use dill as a green leafy vegetable in stir fries and the like - obviously it's a pretty strong flavor but it might be worth trying if you have a ton - e.g. Moong Dal and Suva
posted by peacheater at 4:20 PM on July 8, 2017

potato salad yo. With sour cream and/or Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise. Throw some peas in there too if you want.
posted by fingersandtoes at 4:38 PM on July 8, 2017

As luck would have it, this video popped up in my Youtube suggestions: Celebrate the Persian New Year with Herby Kuku Sabzi. It uses two bunches of dill, cilantro, and parsley, each -- it "uses a ton of herbs because it's a celebration of spring." I haven't made it, but it looks delicious!
posted by batter_my_heart at 6:53 PM on July 8, 2017

This carrot salad with dill and lemon is really yummy.
posted by snorkmaiden at 9:25 PM on July 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

posted by pompomtom at 1:30 AM on July 9, 2017

This thread is making me hungry!

My favorite recipe with dill is a simple summer salad--you chop up tomatoes, English cucumber, red onions, and avocados. Drizzle with olive oil, add chopped dill, salt, pepper, and lemon juice and stir it all up.

Also, this is my go-to dip recipe; it disappears at parties. Beau monde=1/2 onion powder, 1/2 celery salt.
posted by heatvision at 4:27 AM on July 9, 2017

White rice is great with dill!

I could eat plain old white rice with dill and a dab of butter every day of the week, but if you're feeling ambitious then try Baghali Polow, Persian rice with dill and fava beans.
posted by Room 641-A at 11:00 AM on July 9, 2017

Thanks to all for the great suggestions! I marked the ones I will use imminently as best answers-super excited to explore the Persian rice recipes and various salad-y combos.
posted by little mouth at 4:27 PM on July 9, 2017 [1 favorite]

This is one of my favorite soups. The dill and celery combine to become more than the sum of their parts, and it doesn't hurt that it is fast and easy to make.

Cream of Celery Soup
6 Servings

• 1 head celery, stalks chopped, leaves reserved
• 1 large potato, chopped
• 1 medium onion, chopped
• ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
• Kosher salt
• 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
• ¼ cup fresh dill
• ½ cup heavy cream
• Flaky sea salt (such as Maldon) and olive oil (for serving)

Combine celery, potato, onion, and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat; season with kosher salt. Cook, stirring, until onion is tender, 8–10 minutes. Add broth; simmer until potatoes are tender, 8–10 minutes. Stir in cream. Serve soup topped with celery leaves, sea salt, and oil.
posted by Short Attention Sp at 8:50 AM on July 10, 2017 [1 favorite]

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