Seasonal Chef: Red Veined Sorrel


On my recent visit to the Larchmont Farmers Market I picked up a bunch of red veined sorrel. I wasn’t really sure what I would do with it, but it was just so pretty, I could not resist. Sorrel is an interesting leafy green. When buying sorrel you want to make sure the leaves are fresh and firm. Once home store them in water with a thin produce bag over top. Truth be told, on it’s own its not very appealing. Sorrel, and in particular the red veined variety, has a sour after taste. I know what your thinking: then why would I want to eat it? Well, taking sorrel and mixing it with something else gives you an interesting flavor profile. Interesting is always more appealing. The most typical way you find sorrel is in cream and used with fish. You can also add it onto a salad for an accent flavor.

Sorrel Sauce

I decided to make it into a sauce for a grilled dinner. As always, I was looking for a quick and easy way to use my pretty red veined sorrel. Honestly, this could be one of my easiest recipes: Sorrel Sauce.

lamb kofta, carrot and sorrel sauce

I used my sorrel sauce with lamb kofta’s I found at Whole Foods. I added grilled carrots, a little lettuce and pita. A dinner in under 30 minutes, and perfect for and easy meal on the patio! This sauce is very versatile and perfect with lamb chops, chicken or even fish.

Buon Appetito!

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About Author

Seasonal Chef blogger Maria Reina comes to the world of food as a third career, spending a great portion of her adult life in the field of Human Resources. With her private company Bella Cucina Maria she is a personal chef, caterer and recreational cooking class teacher in Westchester. She's an avid food television watcher and cookbook collector, always looking for a new take on a traditional dish. In her free time she loves hanging out at local farmer's markets, chatting it up with the farmers and doing cooking demos with their seasonal ingredients. In addition to her blog, which is loaded with easy recipes, you can follow her on Facebook (Bella Cucina Maria), Twitter (Bellacucinam), Instagram (Bellacucinam) and Pinterest (Bellacucinam).

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