Home Cooking 9

Lemon Balm Suggestions??

hassenpfeffer | May 1, 2008 04:10 PM

I have an unbelievably vigorous patch of lemon balm growing in my yard — I'm pulling leaves off this thing the size of my palm. So far, I've used the whole leaves in salads; chiffonaded them to death and sprinkled them over grilled fish and scallops, cantaloupe and sorbet; infused water, vodka and rum (note: lemon balm, on its own, isn't quite pungent enough to make a mojito work).

Frankly, I'm running out of ideas, other than simply trying it out in any situation that calls for fresh mint. Does anyone have a recipe specifically geared to highlight the unique flavor of lemon balm (for the uninitiated, quite similar to the fakey-fake lemon flavor-scent of Trix or even Lemon Pledge, but in a good way)?

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