What should I make with very fresh saffron?
November 3, 2022 12:53 PM   Subscribe

I’m growing saffron crocuses and they flowered for the first time this week!! I’m harvesting and drying the threads as the flowers bloom. What super-special thing should I make with this fresh homegrown saffron? I’m an omnivore and I already know about paella - go!
posted by centrifugal to Food & Drink (8 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Traditional Bouillabaisse (boiled-down) is made with a saffron broth. They also have a chicken version if fish soup is not your thing.

I love this recipe: for persian rice.
posted by dis_integration at 12:58 PM on November 3, 2022 [3 favorites]

It's very soon the time of year to make Swedish lussekatter a type of bun.
posted by Iteki at 1:57 PM on November 3, 2022 [2 favorites]

100%: risotto milanese
posted by A Terrible Llama at 2:32 PM on November 3, 2022 [6 favorites]

Buttermilk saffron ice cream.
posted by Dashy at 4:00 PM on November 3, 2022 [3 favorites]

Omg shrikhand. It all depends on the quality and thickness of the yogurt though, but if you like creamy desserts, OH MAN.
posted by athirstforsalt at 7:17 PM on November 3, 2022

re: Persian Rice...if you want to see this made, the delightful Samin Nosrat's Netflix series Salt Fat Acid Heat features this recipe in the Heat episode. She makes the recipe with her mother.
posted by mmascolino at 7:55 PM on November 3, 2022 [3 favorites]

I grew up with my Indian aunties making wonderful saffron rice and saffron desserts, so I'm a bit ashamed to say that the last thing I made with saffron was "Sisters Soup" from "A Feast of Ice and Fire" (the Game of Thrones cookbook). However, I love seafood, and it was delicious, with the saffron definitely taking it to another level. It was a while back so I don't remember how/if I modified the recipe, but here's someone apparently making it on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDYrrPbNz6c

Your feelings about seafood and tie-in cookbooks may vary.... (I'd put the GoT one behind my absolute favorite "Lobscouse and Spotted Dog" from Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series, but unlike some other tie-ins, most of the recipes I've tried worked and were tasty.)
posted by LadyOscar at 8:28 PM on November 3, 2022

I think saffron tea would be a great way to showcase fresh saffron.
posted by ananci at 5:28 AM on November 4, 2022

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