This recipe is for a homemade sodium-free and MSG-free version of Vegeta Gourmet Seasoning, that ubiquitous Eastern European vegetable-spice mix created by the Podravka company in Croatia. You'll find Vegeta in the ingredient list of many recipes. It's a go-to seasoning mixture used to flavor foods from soups to veggies to meats and poultry.
The problem is, it contains MSG. For those with MSG allergies, that can be a real problem. Now Podravka makes a No MSG-Added Vegeta but it still contains loads of sodium as does this homemade Vegeta recipe from Thermomix.
This version, posted in March 2010 on Nina's Recipes, is MSG-free AND sodium-free. It's very similar to the original created by Podravka. Real veggies are roasted until dehydrated and then whizzed into a powder. Store the resulting mixture in a screw-top jar in a cool, dry place.
- 3 medium onions (peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces)
- 6 celery ribs (diced)
- 3 potatoes (peeled and diced)
- 3 large red bell peppers (seeded and diced)
- 3 large yellow bell peppers (seeded and diced)
- 3 large orange bell peppers (seeded and diced)
- 3 large green bell peppers (seeded and diced)
- 3 large carrots (peeled and diced)
- 10 garlic cloves (peeled and left whole)
- 1 bunch fresh parsley
- Heat the oven to 175 F.
- Using a food processor or grinder, process all vegetables.
- Place the vegetable mixture into a strainer and let it drain for 30 minutes. To speed up the process, place the vegetables in a cheesecloth, bring up the ends of the cheesecloth and twist the edges to wring out as much moisture as possible.
- Spread the vegetables in a flat even layer on ungreased baking sheet(s). Bake for 4 1/2 to 5 hours. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
- Transfer to a food processor to crush the baked vegetable mixture into as fine a powder as you like. You can use this mix on any dish—soups, rice, potatoes, stews, meats, vegetables.
Source: Nina's Recipes, March 11, 2010
Turn Vegeta Into a Hostess Gift
This would make a neat edible gift for Christmas or any other time of year when a hostess gift is in order. Place this seasoning in a clear glass bottle with a cork stopper or a screw-top. Tie a ribbon around the neck of the bottle, and include a printed description of what Vegeta is and how it's used. An extra-special touch would be to attach a printed version of a recipe that calls for Vegeta. Your salt- and MSG-conscious friends will love you.