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Friday, May 7, 2010

Creamy Tarragon Dressing

Tarragon adds a delicious flavor to this creamy dressing. If you like gardening, Tarragon is easy to grow and you will find many uses for this tasty herb, such as making your own Tarragon Vinegar.

1/2 cup Non-Fat Plain Yogurt
1/2 cup Low-Fat Mayonnaise
1 TB Chopped Fresh Tarragon or 1 1/2 tsp Dried Tarragon, crumbled 
1/4 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper

In a small bowl, whisk all ingredients together until blended and smooth. Chill 1 hour before serving.

Creamy Tarragon - Garlic Dressing

2 TB Mayonnaise
2 TB White Wine Vinegar
1 tsp Chopped Fresh Tarragon
1/4 tsp Finely Chopped Garlic
1/3 cup Olive Oil
Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Whisk mayonnaise, vinegar, tarragon, and garlic in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

More Information on Tarragon --

Tarragon is a small, shrubby herb in the sunflower family. Two species are cultivated, Russian and French. Leaves of the French variety are glossier and more pungent. Most commercial Tarragon comes from dried leaves of the French Tarragon plant.

Tarragon has a slightly bittersweet flavor and an aroma similar to anise.

It is commonly known as a flavoring for vinegar and is used in pickles, relishes, prepared mustards, and sauces, and adds distinctive flavor to sauces. Tarragon also goes well with fish, meat, soups and stews, and is often used in tomato and egg dishes.

How To Grow - Tarragon is a hearty, easy to grow herb. It can be grown in a pot in full sun and grows to a mature height of about 24". A single plant offers a large harvest of leaves which can be dried and kept in a jar for up to 6 months.

** Note: When you purchase a Tarragon plant be sure it is French tarragon and not Russian, as the Russian variety has a much less pungent flavor.

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