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Got mint? Make the most of the bountiful plant

Cookwork Perspective: Take advantage of the versatility of mint on your menu.

Got mint? Make the most of the bountiful plant

It’s easy to grow mint in Texas — it’s the rare plant that can take over a summer garden. The challenge for home cooks is finding uses for the mint surplus.

Here’s a tip: Treat mint like cilantro or basil — the latter is in the same family — and you’ll find many more ways to use it. We asked some local chefs for ideas and recipes using mint. They offered both savory and sweet dishes and inspired us to experiment with mint at every meal.

At Komali, chef Abraham Salum uses mint in traditional Mexican meatballs simmered in pasilla chile sauce. The mint is a cooling counterpoint to the spicy sauce, which is surprisingly easy to prepare. Indian and Thai dishes also team mint with spicy flavors, including cilantro and chiles.

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