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Substitute for Lovage

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#1 Shel_B

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 09:41 AM

What may make a good substitute for the herb, lovage? I want to use lovage, or the substitute, in Olney's recipe for Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic.


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#2 tighe

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 10:11 AM

Lovage tastes like concentrated celery, so I would suggest celery or celery leaves if you must use something else.
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Posted 10 August 2010 - 10:25 AM

foodpairing.be suggests: Cardamom, Cumin, Mandarin peel, Origanum, Rosemary http://www.foodpairi...e.aspx?f=Lovage
I haven't tried those but they sound rather sketchy.

I agree with tighe, though: celery leaves make a good substitute. Parsley might be another option.

If you have a Maggi stock cube lying around - use that! - loveage is called Maggikraut in German :-)

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 12:56 PM

Not sure about that foodpairing site, although I like it's suggestion of replacing parsely with fried bacon!
If you have access to an indian\eastern grocery you might be able to get Ajwain seeds.
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#5 ScottyBoy

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 03:01 PM

"Chinese celery" at your local asian grocer is a smaller more concentrated flavor than standard celery, if you can't find lovage.
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#6 andiesenji

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 03:12 PM

You live in the bay area and can grow your own in pots. It grows like a weed and will self-seed readily if allowed to.
I live in the desert and always have two or three big pots of it at various stages of growth. I mulch it deeply to overwinter it and it will come right back in the spring. You don't have hard freezes so it will overwinter easily and keep growing, though not as vigorously as during warm weather.

The closest flavor is actually the tops of celery root or celeriac.
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#7 Catherine Iino

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 03:15 PM

I would say celery along with some anisey flavor source, maybe a bit of Pernod, for example.

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 01:52 PM

To me it tastes like "floral celery." Something like 3/4 celery leaves with 1/4 marjoram might suffice.
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Posted 11 August 2010 - 02:47 PM

When I read this topic I can't help but imagine Weird Al singing Madonna's Substitute For Love.
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Posted 11 August 2010 - 06:16 PM

The closest flavor is actually the tops of celery root or celeriac.

Was going to say...if you have access to celery root with the tops still on, it's pretty much identical in flavor, good call.
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