A homemade Italian seasoning mix is just the thing for capturing the delicious flavours of Italy. Traditionally you would use fresh ingredients for this recipe, but if you don't have fresh to hand, then this blend made up of flavourful dried herbs and spices is the next best thing and is super simple to make! (See the bottom of the page for other recipes)
What You'll Need: (makes about 8-9 tablespoons)
3 tbsp coriander seeds
2 tbsp dried rosemary
2 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp peppercorns
2 tsp dried sage
2 tsp onion powder
1-2 tsp chili powder (optional)
2 tsp salt (see note 2)
1 tsp nutmeg powder
5-6 dried bay leaves
tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon
Store in an airtight jar, in a cool place and out of direct sunlight. Use within 2-3 months before making a fresh amount.
Note: Dry toasting the coriander and peppercorns for a few minutes prior to grinding and combining with the powders and herbs is worth doing. The heat from the toasting helps release the most fabulous flavours and aromas and is worth doing if you have the time. Click here to read more about this easy to do cooking technique. (Link opens in new window)
Note 2: I do recommend using a good quality salt for all your recipes: sea/rock/kosher etc as they're less processed and I think add better flavour. However, you can use regular table salt (I sometimes do) if that's all you have available and it'll still season and flavour fabulously.
Ingredient Note: I use a few whole ingredients for this Italian seasoning recipe as these will give the best flavours. However, if you don't have whole just use pre-ground powders and reduce the amount the recipe requires by half. So for 4 teaspoons of peppercorns you would use 2 teaspoons of ground pepper. Likewise, reduce the coriander seeds by half as well as well and stir in with any other powders when making.
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