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Delectable recipes featuring invasive ingredients

Jun 10

Recipe: Leatherleaf Mahonia and Plum Hand Pies

Rachel Gentile found a leatherleaf mahonia shrub near my apartment and collected a bowlful of berries.  After trying one and realizing the berries are too sour to eat raw, she figured she could treat them like rhubarb: add a lot of sugar!  Next to the mahonia was a plum tree, so she grabbed a couple of sweet, ripe plums to add to …

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Jan 13

Recipe: Sweet potato and autumn olive wine soup

Raw sweet potato and wine

If you didn’t finish your bottle of invasive autumn olive wine at your last dinner party and want a soup to keep you warm during the next polar vortex, try this spicy sweet potato soup. [amd-recipeseo-recipe:7]  

Oct 28

Recipe: Smoked Asian Carp

Battering Asian carp fillets. Photo credit: Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

This recipe was shared with us by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and Steve Robillard, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (recipe adapted from recipe in Outdoor Illinois, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, May 2002). Ingredients 5 pounds Asian carp steaks or fillets (skin on) 1 cup kosher or pickling salt 1 cup brown sugar Charcoal for smoker Wood chips …

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Sep 30

Recipe: Alewife & Cucumber Crackers

I happened upon some Lake Michigan alewife, so I ate some.

Sep 23

Recipe: Asian Carp Fritters

This recipe was shared with us by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and comes from the kitchen of famed chef and invasivore Philippe Parola!  Ingredients 1 pound Asian carp fillets 1 T lemon juice 8 T unsalted butter, melted 2 T bread crumbs 1 T Dijon mustard 1 cup seasoned flour* 1 egg, beaten 4 T vegetable oil *To …

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Aug 27

Recipe: Fried Asian Carp

This recipe was shared with us by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and has been adapted from Outdoor Illinois. Ingredients 2 pounds Asian carp fillets, cut into strips* 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal 1/4 cup flour 1 t salt 1/2 t paprika 1/2 t garlic powder 1/2 t onion powder 1/2 t cayenne pepper 1/2 t black pepper vegetable or …

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Aug 19

Recipe: Jamaican Jerk Carp

This spicy recipe was shared with us by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and comes from the kitchen USGS scientist Duane Chapman, who certainly knows his way around an Asian carp! Ingredients 1½ t paprika ½ t garlic powder ½ t cayenne ¼ t thyme ½ t white pepper ¼ t oregano 1 t salt 2 pounds …

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May 06

Recipe: Adobong Salagubang (Adobo-Style June Bugs)

Guest contributor Karen Uy shares a recipe for a popular Filipino snack food best enjoyed while indulging in your favorite beer. Ingredients 2 lbs. June beetles 1 cup vinegar (recommended: sugarcane vinegar) 3 heads of garlic 1 tsp. whole peppercorn ½ cup of soy sauce Directions Soak beetles in salt water overnight in refrigerator. Drain. …

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Dec 06

Recipe: Autumn Olive Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Traditional cookies with an invasivore twist!

Baking cookies this holiday season?  Try this holiday party staple with an Invasivore twist! Ingredients 1.5 cups softened butter 1 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3.5 cups flour 0.25 teaspoon salt 1 egg, beaten (egg wash) flaked coconut Autumn Olive jam Directions 1.  Preheat oven to 350°F. 2.  Mix butter, sugar, vanilla, flour, …

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Nov 05

Autumn Olive Wine

Mashed Autumn Olives

Those autumn olives we collected? Some  got to be delicious jam.  The rest, get crushed, fermented, and bottled.  It’s invasivore wine time. My own vintage: I made my first batches of wine while an undergraduate in Bellingham, WA.  One even featured invasive blackberries.  Several things intersected back in 2003 that made this a great idea: 1) A …

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