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Kudzu Vine Recipes

Kudzu Blossom Jelly
  • 4 cups Kudzu blossoms
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 (1 3/4-ounce) package powered pectin
  • 5 cups sugar
  • Directions
    WASH kudzu blossoms with cold water, and place them in a large bowl. Pour 4 cups boiling water over blossoms, and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. POUR blossoms and liquid through a colander into a Dutch oven, discarding blossoms. ADD lemon juice and pectin; bring to a full rolling boil over high heat,stirring constantly. Stir in sugar; return to a full rolling boil, and boil, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Remove from heat; skim off foam with a metal spoon. QUICKLY pour jelly into hot, sterilized jars, filling to 1/4 inch from top. Wipe jar rims. Cover at once with metal lids, and screw on bands. PROCESS in boiling water bath 5 minutes. Cool on wire racks. YIELD: 6 half pints
    NOTE : Blossom liquid is gray until lemon juice is added.
    Spoon over cream cheese, or melt and serve over waffles and ice cream.

    Recipe copied from Y'

    Kudzu Fried Chicken
  • Chicken Breast (desired amount)
  • Kudzu Powder-Kudzu root powder, also called kuzu, and capsules are available at most health food stores.
  • 1 egg
  • Italian bread Crumbs
  • Directions
    Dredge chicken breast strips in kudzu powder; dip in lightly beaten egg, and dredge in dry Italian seasoned breadcrumbs. Deepfry in hot oil (350) for 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve immediately.

    Recipe copied from Y'

    Apple Cider
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kudzu powder
  • 6 1/4 cups apple cider, divided
  • 4 (3-inch) sticks cinnamon
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • Directions
    COMBINE kudzu powder and 1/4 cup apple cider, stirring well; set kudzu powder aside.
    COMBINE remaining 6 cups apple cider and next 3 ingredients in a Dutch oven, and bring apple cider mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes.
    POUR apple cider mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, discarding spices. Return liquid to Dutch oven, and bring to a boil. Add kudzu powder mixture, stirring constantly. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring constantly, 1 minute or until mixture is translucent. Serve hot.
    Yield: 6 cups. The kudzu powder gives a silky smooth texture without a starchy taste.

    Recipe copied from Y'

    Pork Tenderloin with Kudzu Salsa
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons teriyaki sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

    Kudzu salsa:
  • 1 cup diced freshly boiled Kudzu stems
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced red onion
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Directions
  • Combine first 5 ingredients in a large shallow dish or heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag. Add pork. Seal and chill 6-8 hours;
  • Remove pork from marinade, discarding marinade. Sprinkle with oregano and cumin;
  • Stir together honey and brown sugar. Brush pork with honey mixture; place on greased rack in roasting pan;
  • Bake at 400 degrees 25-30 minutes or until thermometer reaches 160 degrees. Cut pork into slices; serve with Kudzu salsa;
  • To prepare salsa, combine all ingredients, cover and chill until ready to serve.

    Recipe copied from Blythewood Kudzu Festival

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