I don't like being stumped when faced with an ingredient. But when watercress came up during a conversation with a fellow shopper this weekend, I drew a complete blank. Tea sandwiches and....? Lady at the grocery store, these ideas are, belatedly, for you.This rather unassuming green has a surprisingly intense and assertive peppery flavor. If you like arugula, you'll probably like watercress. The stems and leaves are very tender and can be eaten raw in salads, sandwiches, pesto, and cold soups like gazpacho. Although you lose the crisp texture during cooking, watercress also makes a fantastic addition to things like stir-fries, hot soups, and healthy casseroles.
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