Herbes de Provence Seasoning Blend
Many recipes call for a seasoning blend called Herbes de Provence. This is especially true in French cooking. Herbes de Provence is a combination of herbs with its origins in the French area of Provence thus the name. This is an excellent blend of herbs generally consisting of a blend of: savory, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and lavender flowers traditionally used in many French recipes.
Making it fresh yourself is the best way to get the maximum flavor from all of the herbs. Herbes de Provence is often used in marinades, salad dressings, tomatoes, roasted vegetables, fish, chicken, beef and pork. I like to use this blend of herbs when I’m infusing olive oils.
When I started my first business, growing and selling herbs to the local farmers market and restaurants, I created this blend which has always remained a main staple in my cupboard. It will be one of those seasoning that will keep your dinner guests guessing that unknown flavor.
Fresh is best, but when you are purchasing your dried herbs make sure and go to a reputable source where you know the herbs are fresh. It makes a big difference in flavor as dried herbs can loose their taste if not stored property or just get too old. That is why when it comes to herbal seasonings I love to grow and dry them myself or find the best source possible. Creating your own Herbes de Provence blend will greatly add to any recipe. I am sure you will enjoy the flavor as much as I do as the lavender gives it a unique taste not found in any other herb or seasoning blend. If you are a person who loves unique flavors you will love the Herbes de Provence recipe I have included below. Make up the recipe and always keep it handy.
Herbes de Provence
3 tablespoons Summer Savory
3 tablespoons Rosemary
3 tablespoons Marjoram
2 tablespoons Thyme
2 Tablespoons Lavender flowers –organic
1 teaspoon Oregano
1 teaspoon Basil
1/2 teaspoon Fresh cracked pepper (optional)
1/2 teaspoon dried orange zest
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground Bay leaves
1. Put all of the herbs into a small bowl and mix together. Using your fingertips lightly crumble the leaves.
2. Pour mixture into a glass jar, cover tightly and keep in a dark cool cupboard. This should keep for 1 year.