Today I make a jump for a short post on something that I just recently made out of necessity: the Italian seasoning!
I realize that Italian seasoning falls into the category of those mixtures of generic seasonings that "real cooks" declare they never use, such as seasoned salt and lemon pepper. But do you know what? I always use them. Proudly.
Hell yeah! Those dollar bin seasonings were a big part of how I learned to cook back later in the day. They were quick, reliable, and pretty damn convenient when I wanted to try seasoning a chicken breast for dinner instead of ordering takeaway. And even today if I am preparing a quick soup or even if I just want to add a little more flavor to a pizza, I will still be able to happily take a jar of Italian condiments in the blink of an eye. Because let's be honest, when you're in a hurry, those who really want to get out of marjoram, oregano, thyme, basil and …
Well, actually the other day I did. Because when I looked for my trusty jar to prepare a quick dressing for Italian salads (for a salad coming on Monday!), It was practically empty. So I decided to extract all the spices that were listed on the container and understand how to assemble some Italian condiments on my own. So today I thought I'd share my findings with you.
I must admit that it is much easier to buy these things at the store. But if you ever find yourself in a pinch, or even if you just want to tinker with specific quantities of spices or make a batch with better quality spices, then you can try it.
I will notice that I have chosen to make a recipe based on the classic blends of Italian seasonings, which are only dried herbs. Some of the more gourmet seasoning mixes also add things like powdered garlic, onion powder and / or chopped red pepper flakes (which I love!). But I like to add those separately, so I can control exactly how much goes into a specific recipe.
How to prepare the Italian dressing
Preparation time: 5 MINUTES | Total time: 5 MINUTES | Yield: 4 TEASPOONS (OR 1 1/3 TABLESPOONS)
This delicious Italian dressing recipe is simple to prepare at home!
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon dry sage
- Beat all the seasonings together in a bowl until combined. Use immediately or store in a sealed container.
- * Feel free to adjust the ratio to make any lot size you want.