Herbes de Provence - The Classic,
Super Easy-to-Make French Blend

To capture the unique taste of the French countryside, then making your own Herbes de Provence is well worthwhile. And it couldn't be much easier! Simply combine a few dried herbs and you're ready to get cooking. This famous blend, hailing from the Provence region of France, is fab when added to your cooking: grilled or roasted meats, fish dishes and stews and casseroles to name just a few. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Ingredients: (makes about 10 tablespoons)

2 tbsp dried basil                                      
2 tbsp dried oregano
2 tbsp dried thyme
2 tbsp dried chervil
4 tsp dried rosemary
5-6 dried bay leaves (optional)

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon

Directions:

  • Crumble the bay leaves if using
  • Add the bay pieces and other dried herbs to a bowl and mix together

That's all there is to it!

Store in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 2 months.

Note: A good idea when using, is to crumble the herbs between your fingertips as you add to your cooking. This will break them down somewhat and help release more of their flavour.






Lavender Note:
If you visit France you'll often find lavender included in this herby seasoning. Lavender is a love it or hate it kind of ingredient so it's up to you if you wanted to use it. I haven't used any in this recipe but you could add a tablespoon if you so desired.

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Why You Should Make Your Own French Herb Blends

Of course it's convenient to pop to the store and pick up a commercial blend; but here's why it's recommended you make your own...

  • More flavour than store-bought blends that will be transferred to your French cooking and meals
  • Not keen on a certain herb? Leave it out completely or swap for another of your choosing. Use parsley instead of basil, chives instead of chervil etc
  • Whilst there will be a best before date, it's unlikely there is a date of manufacture. And this is especially important when it comes to herb seasonings as they lose their flavours faster than spice mixes. And chances are it was made months ago before sitting on the store shelf for who knows how long! 
  • No artificial colours, additives or preservatives. And If you're able to source organic ingredients your Herbes de Provence recipe will be free of pesticides and GMO's!


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