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My mother arrives Friday, May 26. I had planned on a scallop & tarragon salad, only to discover my mother dislikes tarragon. Rather than change the whole menu, what herb would be a good substitute.
How about any of the following:Why not basil? It is a fresh tasting herb that would compliment the scallops very well. You could also try dill.
How about any of the following:
- Chervil. Sometimes called French parsley or garden chervil, is a delicate annual herb related to parsley and can be found either fresh or dry. Basil leaves. Basil also called great basil or Saint-Joseph’s-wort, is a culinary herb of the family Lamiaceae (mints).
- Fennel Seed. Fennel is a flowering plant and is in the carrot family. It is a hardy, perennial herb with yellow flowers and feathery leaves. Fennel seed has a much stronger flavor than tarragon so be sure to use just a pinch of for each tablespoon of tarragon that’s required.
- Anise Seed. Anise seed is a flowering plant native to Southwest Asia. Its flavor has similarities with some other spices, such as star anise, fennel, and licorice. Like fennel seed has Anise seed has a much stronger flavor than tarragon so be sure to use just a pinch of for each tablespoon of tarragon that’s required.
- Fennel Fronds. While fennel fronds look like a feather-topped cousin to celery, its flavor is very different. The white bulb and bright green fronds have a gentle, slightly sweet anise-like flavor and are easy to spot in the produce section.
grave-digging 18 year old threads is silly
IMO a forum is more than a bunch of discussions between a few people. It's catalogued information that is searchable and useful to MANY more than just the people who participate in the discussion. In that sense it almost has a role like a wiki encyclopedia. Everyone can participate and add more information to a thread. And there's nothing wrong with adding more useful information 18 years after a thread was originally created. Why should we prevent that from happening? It's not like the information is useful only to the person who started that thread 18 years ago.
It's no longer about the OP. It's exactly as you said: everyone can google anything, and for many, googling will land them on Cheftalk. And for the ones googling "Tarragon substitute" and landing on this thread, do you think they'd rather have only 2 answers from 18 years ago? Or 3 answers, 2 of them from 18 years ago and one from this year? Do they even care about the dates??We can google anything we want. We can wiki anything we want. The chances of the OP seeing this thread again are virtually nothing. And the chance that it will help is even slimmer.
Try chervil maybe. It has a very light, delicate flavor resmebling tarragon, but it is not overpowering. Or try sorrel maybe. It has a great tart lemony flavor to it. It is one of my favorite herbs to work with in the summer.