Scallions

Is it just me?

I get so happy when I learn just how nutritious some fresh fruits and vegetables are!

Of course that is a well known fact, but I’m still surprised when I find out just how good for you  something like a simple little scallion is.

Scallions
Photo Credit: Price Rite - Westfield MA by Rusty Clark ~ 100K Photos
Licensed under CC BY 2.0
At the end of this post we will share a delicious recipe that uses scallions!

Five Scallion Facts

  • Scallions are a native of China and very often found in Asian dishes.
  • They are known for their different names...green onions, welsh onions, spring onions…
  • They are a member of the Allium family and their close cousins are garlic, onions, leeks, shallots and chives.
  • Purchased as a bunch with their mild tasting green stalks and sharper tasting white bulbs, they are worth including in all of your weekly shopping trips.
  • They are economical, low calorie, and packed full of nutrition.

Three Reasons to Eat Scallions

  • Scallions are nutrient dense and fiber rich.
  • Scallions are high in vitamin K which helps the blood to clot properly.
  • Scallions are high in vitamin C which helps to boost immunity.
Scallion Facts Infographic
bowl of rice icon and Onion line drawing  by Canva
Green Onions by Jellycons from the Noun Project
leek ends by PIRO4D 
green onion by parkjisun from the Noun Project 
Five Ways to Eat Scallions

  • Of course as a baked potato topping. 
  • Delicious as a soup topper.
  • A colorful and nutritious addition to your favorite rice dishes.
  • Also a colorful and nutritious addition to your salads.
  • A tasty addition to your morning scrambled eggs.  How about green eggs and ham?
5 Ways to Eat Scallions Infographic
Potato Emoji by Twemoji/changed color
Soup icon by Canva
rice by sumhi_icon from the Noun Project
Salad by art shop from the Noun Project
fried egg by  Laymik from the Noun Project
green onion by parkjisun from the Noun Project

All this talk about scallions got me to thinking...I need to find more ways to use them...and then I remembered the leftover mashed potatoes in my fridge…

Loaded Potato Pancakes
  • 3 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 3/4 cup scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Bacon grease or lard or ghee
  • Butter
  • Creme fraiche 
Potato pancakes cooking in skillet
The first thing I did was cook the scallions in some bacon grease for 1-2 minutes.  I added this to the cold potatoes and it warmed them up a bit, making them easier to work with.  Then I added the egg, cheese, four and the salt and pepper to taste.  I heated up a skillet with some more bacon grease and spooned equal portions of the potato mixture into the hot skillet.  I cooked until brown on both sides.  This made 8 pancakes.

Helpful Tips
  • I found it helpful to use my hands to shape the potato mixture into balls and I flattened them as I added them to the pan.
  • When cooking them, don’t be too quick to flip them.  They need their time to brown.  Think of grilling meat and don’t flip them until they lift up without any resistance.
  • In keeping with the thought of loaded potatoes I decided to top them with butter and some of my homemade creme fraiche.  You could also use sour cream.
  • Ketchup would also be good.
Enjoy!

Please let us know what you thought of the recipe in the comments section below.  If you like it, feel free to share it on Facebook with your friends.  Thanks!




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