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What can I do with leftover rosemary?

Asked by occ (4080points) July 8th, 2008

I bought some rosemary to mix in with some baked sweet potatoes. I have a lot of rosemary left. It goes bad pretty quickly. What other recipes / foods are good with some fresh rosemary?

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simone54's avatar

Why not freeze it?

cooksalot's avatar

Dry it in a cool dark place for a week. Then strip the needles off the branches, place in bottle for use later. That’s what I do with all my herbs in the fall so I have them for winter. Keeps for a year.

breedmitch's avatar

Yes, dry it. Then grind it with salt, pepper, onion powder and a little paprika and put it in a jar to use as a rub for beef.

janbb's avatar

Buy some other herbs and sing about them – a la Simon and Garfunkel. :)

babygalll's avatar

I usually buy different herbs and what’s left over I dry it. It’s works great when it’s dry. You just have to remember to use less of the herb dry as it is stronger then when it’s fresh.

For basil and parsley I usually chop it up and freeze it in a container and when I come to use it it’s like I just bought it from the store. It’s great for soups, sauces and salads.

marinelife's avatar

One of my favorite restaurants in Washington State is the Herb Farm. This is their recipe for Rosemary Shortbread. They also make delicious rosemary biscuits. Just chop the rosemary fine and add to your favorite biscuit dough. It’s delicious, especially with stew.

Rosemary Shortbread


* 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
* 2/3 cup sugar
* 2 tablespoons finely minced fresh rosemary or 2 teaspoon crushed dried rosemary (fresh preferred)
* 2 1/4 cups flour
* 1/2 cup rice flour or brown rice flour (rice flour available at natural foods stores, I substitute oat flour)
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 2 teaspoons sugar, for topping (optional)


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F; line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. With an electric mixer (although you could do it by hand, if you like), cream the butter until it is a pale yellow and is light in texture.
3. With the mixer running on medium low, gradually add the sugar and mix until it is fluffy.
4. Add the rosemary and mix until well incorporated, then add the flours and salt and mix until thoroughly combined; the dough will be soft.
5. Place dough in a container (or wrap in plastic) and chill for at least 1 hour.
6. Generously flour a board, flour the rolling pin, and gently roll the chilled dough (try not to work it too much or roll it too thin) to form a rectangle about 10×14-inches and about 1/4-inch thick.
7. Cut the cookies into 1 1/2-inch by 2-inch rectangles (or whatever shape you’d like – I find it easier to use a round cookie/biscuit cutter; when doing multiple batches make sure to put the unused dough in the freezer to keep it chilled in between the times you’re rolling it out).
8. Place the cut cookies about 1/2-inch apart on the parchment-covered baking sheets and sprinkle with sugar (if using – I don’t, they don’t need it in my opinion).
9. Bake in the center of the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until they are golden brown on the edges.
10. Remove from oven and transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.
11. Store cooled cookies in airtight containers – their flavor will improve as they age, so if you can make them at least two days in advance that’s the best to do; they’ll keep for a week.
12. Note: I know that the amount of fresh rosemary sounds like a lot, but really, it isn’t – don’t decrease it. :).

jacksonRice's avatar

make rosemary baked goods or put it in a salad!

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