Herbs de Provence Mix Recipe

Herbs de Provence
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Make your own Herbs de Provence spice mix to save time and money. Summer savory is a specific herb similar to sage. Summer savory, an annual plant, is lighter and a bit sweeter than winter savory, which is a perennial plant.

It can be difficult to find this spice blend in grocery stores. One of the nice things about making your own dried herb and spice blends is that you can customize it to your tastes. You can use more basil or marjoram, or substitute dried lemon zest for the orange zest. Make your own mixes to customize your pantry. When you change the recipe, be sure to write it down so you can re-create it. And always use the freshest herbs and spices in recipes like these. There's no point in making a spice or herb blend with old ingredients that have lost some of their scent.

Make sure that the bay leaf in this recipe is completely powdered or ground. A spice blender or coffee grinder will do the trick. This herb has very spiny pieces that can hurt you if you swallow them.

Use this recipe to flavor baked chicken, in chicken casseroles, and to sprinkle on steak when grilling in the summer. It's also delicious in pasta salads, or sprinkled on fish or pork before broiling.

What You'll Need

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dried marjoram leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dried summer savory leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons dried orange zest, powdered
  • 1 powdered or ground bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2 teaspoons dried lavender
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper

How to Make It

Combine the basil, marjoram, summer savory, thyme, orange zest, bay leaf, fennel seeds, dried lavender, and white pepper in a small bowl and mix well until combined. Decant into a small tightly closed jar. Label the jar with the recipe name and the date you made it. Store in a dark, cool place up to 6 months.