Buckwheat

Buckwheat's earthy, bitter taste means it pairs well with rich foods, but it also means this ingredient hasn't quite caught on enough to overtake the popularity of oats, quinoa and other grain-like options. In fact, even though we tend to treat buckwheat like a grain—by grinding it into flour, turning it into noodles and adding it to salad—it's actually a seed. And, despite the name, it's not related to wheat at all, so you can rest easy knowing it's a suitable gluten-free alternative. Food & Wine helps you embrace buckwheat with recipes for pancakes, noodles salads, tarts and more.

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Buckwheat Recipes

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.

Blini

These little pancakes are just as great with chopped, hard-boiled eggs as they are with fancy caviar. Slideshow: More Russian Recipes

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 Crust Pizza with Roasted Vegetables

Buckwheat flour makes the base for this nourishing and tasty gluten-free pizza. Top it with your favorite roasted vegetables for a healthy weeknight dinner. Slideshow: More Pizza 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  

Buckwheat Salad with Mushrooms and Parsley Oil

The Good News Melissa Clark puts a healthy spin on her grandmother's kasha varnishkes—a Jewish dish with buckwheat (kasha) and pasta—by leaving out the pasta and adding mushrooms, fennel and parsley.    More Dishes with Mushrooms