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Sweet & Savory Matcha Recipes

Think matcha is just made for teas and lattes? We've got 7 unexpected ways to cook with this delicate, subtly-flavored green tea powder.

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What's The Buzz?

No doubt you've heard all the buzz about matcha: the finely-ground tea powder that's been used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies for centuries is definitely having a modern moment. And with its distinct earthy taste and color, high caffeine content and purported health benefits, it's no wonder it's so popular. Here, we lend matcha's sophisticated flavor to everything from sweet drinks and desserts to a savory soup and secret-ingredient rub for meat.

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Matcha Lemonade

This refreshing blend of earthy matcha and tart lemon gains extra flavor from the pulp of the citrus fruit.
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Matcha and Mushroom Soup

Shiitake mushrooms and spinach highlight the earthiness of matcha tea in this creamy, green soup. The butter and cream here are needed to balance the bitterness of the matcha and allow its fat-soluble flavors to bloom.
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Matcha Roast Chicken with Leeks

The herbal, grassy undertones of matcha tea pair perfectly with fragrant leeks in this juicy one-pan roast chicken. The matcha's flavor blooms in the butter. Stuff the mixture under the chicken's skin for a deliciously crackly and crisp result.
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