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I was at a local farmer's market and, on a whim, bought some watercress.

I make a really tasty spinach and watercress soup but other than that I really don't have any experience with this ingredient. Thought about making a salad with it. Seems fruit would pair nicely maybe. Is it something that wilts well and might be a nice compliment to a meat?

What should I do with my watercress? Fast, simple weeknight solutions are preferred.
 

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i like to use watercress in "meal" salads -- mixed with cooked meat, etc. it's got the structure and flavor to stand up to it.
 

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when I was a kid my mom would make watercress sandwiches...just a bit of mayo on bread with a bunch of watercress. it was good....reminds me I need to find some locally.
 

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I often eat it on its own with some balsamic, vinegar, and plenty of black pepper. Sometimes I add some chopped radish. Once, I had leftover lamb that I dropped in and it made for a fun salad. Enjoy!
 

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I think it is at its bet with roast leg of lamb. Makes a nice puree too.
 

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Originally Posted by iammatt
I think it is at its bet with roast leg of lamb. Makes a nice puree too.
next time you puree it, throw in some blanched radish greens.
 

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Thanks for the ideas. I'll definitely have to try it with lamb. Do you wilt before pureeing?

I ended up doing something simple. Just pounded some chicken breasts and stuffed them with prosciutto, reggiano, and wilted watercress before rolling and pan sauteeing with a lemon butter white wine sauce. No doubt more clever and creative minds would have come up with something better, but it's what I had on hand and it was tasty enough.
 

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Heat it over the skillet with EVOO and dash some ginger and cinnamon spices. Cooks like kale.
 

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Originally Posted by Douglas
Thanks for the ideas. I'll definitely have to try it with lamb. Do you wilt before pureeing? I ended up doing something simple. Just pounded some chicken breasts and stuffed them with prosciutto, reggiano, and wilted watercress before rolling and pan sauteeing with a lemon butter white wine sauce. No doubt more clever and creative minds would have come up with something better, but it's what I had on hand and it was tasty enough.
I like it with lamb just raw seasoned with a nice vinaigrette into which I have added some of the roasting juices from the lamb. Just delicious and not exactly creative. To puree either sautee or blanch. Different tastes... OK, foodguy, I'll try radish greens. What should I notice?
 

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One time i picked some watercress in the backyard and then i stuck it up my ass so my dog couldn't get to it, but guess what, he got to it, lol
 

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Originally Posted by iammatt
I like it with lamb just raw seasoned with a nice vinaigrette into which I have added some of the roasting juices from the lamb. Just delicious and not exactly creative. To puree either sautee or blanch. Different tastes...

OK, foodguy, I'll try radish greens. What should I notice?


i love watercress salads with roasting juices. what you'll notice from adding radish greens to the puree is an increased pepperiness. i find watercress mellows with blanching (not necessarily a bad thing), but if you're going to serve the puree with the roast (rahter than the excellent salad suggestion), adding some blanched radish greens can be good.
 

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Originally Posted by Arrogant Bastard
One time i picked some watercress in the backyard and then i stuck it up my ass so my dog couldn't get to it, but guess what, he got to it, lol

doesn't this kind of statement belong on CE?
 

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Classic pairing with steak frites as well. Just pluck off the stems and then season with a vinagrette. Or a minced shallot, oil and herbs. (And salt.)
 

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A couple of nights ago I enjoyed it mixed raw with mashed potatoes.
 

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