3 Custom Spice Blends to Make Your Meals Exciting Again
Do you ever find yourself in a cooking rut, making the same meals over and over again? Spicing up your meals doesn’t have to be complicated – all you need is a little creativity and some of your favorite herbs and spices. In this blog post, we’ll give you three recipes for custom spice blends and marinades that are sure to make your meals exciting again. Read on to learn how to create the perfect blend of flavors to add some zest to your cooking routine!
1) Herbs de Provence
Herbs de Provence is a classic French blend of herbs used to enhance the flavor of many dishes. It typically includes a combination of savory, marjoram, thyme, oregano, rosemary, and sometimes lavender. The blend of herbs can be used in soups, sauces, marinades, stews, and roasts to bring a delicious flavor to your meal.
When creating your own custom blend of Herbs de Provence, you can choose from any of the above herbs or add other ones to your liking. For example, adding basil and sage will give the blend a more Italian-style flavor. Additionally, you can also adjust the proportions of each herb in the blend to suit your individual tastes.
To use Herbs de Provence in your meals, simply sprinkle it on meat before grilling or roasting, mix it into a marinade for added flavor, or use it as a seasoning in sauces or stews. This blend of herbs will not only add an incredible depth of flavor to your meals, but it also makes an excellent addition to salads, soups, and other sides.
2) Italian seasoning
When it comes to spicing up your dishes, Italian seasoning is a great way to add a delicious flavor. This blend of spices includes oregano, thyme, marjoram, basil, rosemary, and sage. Italian seasoning can be used in so many dishes from pasta sauces to pizzas and salads.
To make your own Italian seasoning blend at home, mix together two teaspoons each of oregano, thyme, marjoram, and basil. Then add one teaspoon each of rosemary and sage. Store the blend in an airtight container for up to six months.
To use the blend, add one teaspoon for every cup of sauce or liquid you are using. You can also sprinkle the blend onto meats and vegetables before grilling or baking them.
Italian seasoning can be used as a dry rub for meats or a marinade for chicken. For a simple marinade, mix together 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning, 2 cloves of garlic (minced), and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Marinade the meat or chicken in this mixture for at least 30 minutes before cooking.
Italian seasoning can really bring life to your meals and make them exciting again! Whether you use it in a dry rub or a marinade, this blend of spices is sure to add a flavorful kick to whatever you’re cooking.
3) Curry powder
Curry powder is an aromatic blend of spices used in many South Asian cuisines. It typically consists of coriander, turmeric, cumin, fenugreek, ginger, and chili peppers. The combination of spices can be adjusted to create a milder or spicier blend.
Curry powder has a distinct, earthy flavor with a hint of sweetness and a spicy kick that’s ideal for making flavorful curries, stews, soups, and marinades. When using curry powder, it’s best to start by adding a small amount and increasing the quantity as desired.
To make your own custom curry powder blend, mix together 1 tablespoon of ground coriander, 2 teaspoons of ground cumin, 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon of ground fenugreek, 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger, and 1/4 teaspoon of ground chili pepper. You can adjust the amounts to get the flavor and heat intensity you prefer.
For an even more unique blend, you can also add other spices like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.
Once you’ve created your custom blend, you can use it to season a variety of dishes. Curry powder adds a delicious depth of flavor to curries, stir-fries, stews, rice dishes, sauces, marinades, and vegetables.