Buckwheat's earthy, bitter taste means it pairs well with rich foods like wild mushrooms, winter fruit and tangy cheese. Despite the name, it's not related to wheat at all, so you can rest easy knowing it's a suitable gluten-free alternative. Here, our best recipes featuring buckwheat.
Granola Bars with Sweet Potato Caramel and Cardamom
These granola bars are packed with flavor and nutrients. Protein-rich buckwheat groats are bound together with a baked sweet potato and cardamom “caramel.” Cardamom is at it's best when freshly ground from green pods, but pre-ground cardamom powder can be used as well. Slideshow: More Snack Bar Recipes
Buckwheat-Cheddar Blini with Smoked Salmon
As a nod to their Norwegian heritage, Sophie Dahl and her family ate blini (mini pancakes) topped with smoked salmon every Christmas Eve. Now Dahl makes the blini with wonderfully earthy buckwheat flour and serves the salmon-topped hors d'oeuvres at parties throughout the year. Entertaining Tips from F&W Editors More Quick Appetizers