NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 14: Chef Bobby Flay poses at Taste of Asia hosted by Jet Tila during the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One at the Hard Rock Hotel New York on October 14, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
The Herb Bobby Flay Wants Chefs To Get Comfortable Cooking With
By Garth Clingingsmith
Many look to celebrity chef Bobby Flay for culinary advice and inspiration, and his years of experience give him more than enough credibility not to abandon something that he believes in. To that point, Flay thinks that more chefs should get comfortable cooking with this one specific herb.
In a YouTube clip from “Beat Bobby Flay,” the celebrity chef uses tarragon while preparing a delicious-looking dish of hush puppies. He expresses frustration with people who are “freaked out by tarragon” and sees the herb as an absolute must for this particular meal, insisting people must ”get over it” and embrace tarragon’s ”fresh licorice flavor.”
Flay’s devotion to tarragon extends well beyond his recipe for hush puppies, and he offers many other delicious endeavors with tarragon, including grilled fingerling potatoes with creamy tarragon vinaigrette and a hot lobster roll with lemon tarragon butter. Tarragon’s slender, delicate, green leaves provide an anise-like flavor similar to fennel, often found in French cooking.
According to MasterClass, tarragon is one of the four ingredients in fines herbes and the prominent flavor of Bearnaise sauce, both of which are hallmarks of French cooking. Healthline discusses the potential benefits of tarragon to your diet, which can improve insulin sensitivity, help regulate sleep, increase appetite, and be used as an anti-inflammatory.