Chives substitute??

Doing a smoked trout salad with creme fraiche on crostini. Alas all the chives are sold out! Can I use the green parts of scallions? Other suggestions?

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Amanda Hesser
Amanda Hesser April 24, 2011

Absolutely -- that would work very well. If you have a shallot, a minced shallot would also work.

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Cfrancke
Cfrancke April 24, 2011

Thank you!! Sorry for double question- tried you on twitter too! First time pickler :)

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amysarah
amysarah April 24, 2011

Minced scallion is fine - but use more sparingly than chives as it has a stronger and could overpower the delicate taste of the trout.

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amysarah
amysarah April 24, 2011

Oops - stronger flavor. If that wasn't obvious - too fast on the 'submit answer' finger ;)

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Kayb
Kayb April 24, 2011

Grated shallot works too, but be sparing with it!

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prettyPeas
prettyPeas April 24, 2011

I just want to put in a plug for growing chives--they've always been petty productive for me in New York, Iowa, and Northern California, and given that you usually use a couple snips at a time it works out well as a pot herb.

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Kayb
Kayb April 24, 2011

Absolutely. And mine came back this spring, from last year!

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amysarah
amysarah April 25, 2011

Ditto about growing chives. I've had a pot for years that just keeps coming back - we joke that it's a science fiction plant, because even I can't kill it (I have the opposite of a green thumb - he thumb of death?) It's a blessing, because I love chives and even a small bunch is ridiculously expensive at the market.

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ChefJune
ChefJune April 25, 2011

Shallots would work, but wouldn't give you the pretty green I'm guessing you'd prefer. Be sure to chop those scallion tops really fine, and go easy on them. If you have any fennel in your crisper, the fornds make a green and light tasting garnish. I use them a lot with fish.

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a Whole Foods Market Customer

It is spring and at least in the Washington Dc area we have millions of wild onion sprouts all over. they have a chive like flavor and are completely edible. just don't forrage for them where people walk their dogs....eww
they look just like chives.

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