Sometimes when I am making a stew or a dish, I have trouble deciding which spices I want to use. That is when I turn to Herbs de Provence. It is a unique combination of herbs and creates a lovely base flavor. Herbs de Provence is mild in flavor, but the inclusion of rosemary and lavender add a lovely fragrance to any dish.
You have a lot of flexibility in creating your own Herbs de Provence. Most of the ingredients are in your spice cupboard already. I grow herbs and preserve them to save even more on my homemade spice mixes.
- 1 tablespoon thyme
- 1 tablespoon rosemary
- 2 teaspoons marjoram
- 2 teaspoons basil
- 2 teaspoons savory
- 1 teaspoon lavender
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon sage
- Place the rosemary (and lavender if you wish) in a mortar. Grind with a pestle until you have achieved the desired consistency.
- Add the other herbs and grind if desired.
- Stir until thoroughly mixed.
- Store in an airtight container.
Herbs de Provence is delicious when used on fish and chicken. I also use it in vegetable dishes and in stews as a base flavor and then add more of which ever herb that I want to have a stronger note in the dish. Last week, I even added Herbs de Provence to sweet potato hash browns and was pleased with the results.
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