The Mint of the Irish: All About Mint and How To Cook With It
Here are just a few examples of how you might use mint to spice things up in some dishes that you may already be familiar with.
- Salad Garnishments: Mint is a wonderful flavor compliment for what you might classify as "summer foods" such as tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, and squash. This includes summer salads that might include seasonal ingredients such as these. Or any salad, really. Since coleslaw is technically a part of the salad family, adding mint to your current slaw recipe may be a nice new twist!
- Beverage Additives: This may be one that most people would never think of on their own but mint can add a wonderful element of flavor to virtually any drink. Even if you're just adding a few fresh mint leaves to a glass of ice water, this is a healthy alternative to sugar filled drinks such as soft drinks and store bought fruit drinks. A mint leaf or pure mint oil in your drink can also be used to help combat migraines, chronic headaches, and upset stomach.
The most important thing to remember when cooking with mint is that there aren't many ways in which you can mess up. If you are wondering whether or not it will be a good addition to a particular recipe, simply add a small amount to your cooking. If the result is pleasing to the taste buds, it's probably safe to go ahead and incorporate mint into the recipe here and there.