Alliums

Allium is the Latin word for garlic, which is fitting, since this plant species of garlicky herbs consists of scallions, leeks, chives, onions, shallots—and, of course, garlic. Alliums are key to enhancing the flavor of almost any meal, including Middle East­­­ern– and Mediterranean-inspired dishes. They can be eaten cooked or raw, and make savory additions to practically everything, from green salads to fried rice. Whether you want to become a master at seasoning with alliums, or need to do something with those chives in your garden, these are the best recipes to showcase them.

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Poached Leeks with Sauce Gribiche

Chef Jamie Malone of Grand Cafe in Minneapolis poaches leeks to remove their bite and make them incredibly silky. She serves them with a classic sauce gribiche, a French, no-cook sauce made with hard-cooked eggs, capers, cornichons, and a mess of fresh herbs. Slideshow: More Leek Recipes 

Tobacco Onions

These delicate and crisp onions from James Golding at The Pig Brockenhurst in England are lightly seasoned with paprika and celery salt. They’re an addictive side dish as well as beer snack. Slideshow: More Onion Recipes