The other night we had dinner a Mexican-themed dinner at our friends’ house. Instead of using regular onions in the salsa and as a topping for the tacos, they used chopped green onions (also known as scallions). I really enjoyed the freshness that the green onions brought to the foods.

I happen to have three bunches of green onions in my vegetable crisper right now — the result of hitting the farmers markets without knowing what was already in the fridge. I’m searching for ways to use them up. Here are five recipes that caught my attention.

Scallion pancakes – If you order this from a Chinese take-out restaurant, it will often be called Chinese pizza. My boys love Chinese pizza, but making it at home with ingredients I’m sure of is a much better idea than ordering take-out. (A dipping sauce like this ginger dipping sauce is usually served with it.)

Beef with Green Onion – Aside from the beef, the green onions are the main ingredient in this quick stir fry that goes from pan to table in 30 minutes. 

Feta Cheese and Green Onion Dip with Olive Oil and Lemon – This Bobby Flay recipe is intended to go with grilled pitas, but it seems to me that it could be a dip for all sorts of breads, crackers and vegetables. The green onions get grilled first before being added to the dip.

Spaghetti with Scallion Sauce – Four cups of chopped green onions/scallions are sautéed then pureed with to olive oil, garlic, lemon, salt and pepper to form a fresh sauce for pasta.

Blue Cheese Scallion Drop Biscuits – I’ve had this recipe saved since I first saw it on Smitten Kitchen two months ago. I’m not sure anyone else in my house is going to get excited about biscuits made with stinky cheese, but that’s okay. More for me.

See also:

How to grow onions

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Seasonal recipes: 5 for green onions
Green onions bring a fresh taste to these delicious recipes.