The dried mint bought a lightness to the rich, tender, meatballs, cutting through the richness of the meat with a touch of brightness. I'll go one step further: I believe dried mint to be a superior cooking ingredient to fresh mint, any time. I believe dried mint to be a superior cooking ingredient to fresh mint, any time. Dried mint has a special affinity with dairy: Use it in a tzatziki or in a Turkish hot yogurt soup, made with chicken stock and seasoned with plenty of dried mint stirred through the rich, creamy, broth. While there are dozens of different types of fresh mint grown in the wild, you'll typically find two varieties of dried mint sold in the U.S.: peppermint and spearmint.
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