What makes herbes de Provence so special?
Provence is famous for its cuisine and history, as well as the particular herbs that are cultivated there. Situated right next door to Italy, a good blend of herbes de Provence has a lot of similarities to Italian seasoning–you’ll find basil, rosemary, marjoram, oregano, sage, and thyme–but the real standout is the lavender. Our kid gave his French teacher a packet of herbes de Provence and she gave it her seal of approval.
So many uses!
With spring upon us, we mostly think of salads. Our French Vinaigrette tends to be a hit for any green salad or even just drizzled on veggies. Mix it in with some cream cheese for bagels, or goat cheese for crostini. You can also roast chicken with it, marinate fish, add it to a loaf of sourdough, and many other uses. Feel free to experiment!
Just watch out for the rosemary 😉
The only thing at all tricky with making this blend is the “coarsely ground” rosemary. Dried rosemary needles are too sharp, whereas powdered rosemary is going to be too soft. We recommend you give the dried rosemary it a few pulses in a spice grinder so that it comes out small enough to not stab your gums, but still recognizable as an evergreen needle.
FYI, this recipe is also featured in our cookbook. (Shameless plug) We wrote our cookbook to answer the question, “What on Earth do I do with these seasoning blends?” We start each chapter with a recipe for a seasoning blend, then give you at least ten recipes to use it up. Clever, right?
Wonderful herbs from southeast France.
2 tablespoons dried marjoram
2 tablespoons dried thyme
1 1/2 tablespoons dried savory
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 3/4 teaspoons dried rosemary, coarsely ground
1 teaspoon rubbed sage
1/2 teaspoon dried lavender
Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
We recommend you give the dried rosemary it a few pulses in a spice grinder so that it comes out small enough to not stab your gums, but still recognizable as an evergreen needle.
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