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Cooking with Herbs

Spicing up your fall foods

Garlic Herb Butter

This butter is versatile and goes with just about anything. You can use this on top of bread, popcorn, veggies, as a sandwich spread and more. 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

4 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

1 tablespoon herb of your choice (dill, basil or oregano are my go-to herbs.)

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon salt

cracked pepper to taste

Process

Add all ingredients in a food processor (or mix by hand in a bowl). Transfer butter mixture on parchment paper or plastic wrap. Cover butter tightly and roll into a log. Place in refrigerator until firm. Enjoy! 

Herb Salt

Herb salts are becoming so popular and can add flavor to a variety of dishes. There are endless flavor combinations, and these salts are so handy to have as a staple in the kitchen. Plus, these make great gifts for family and friends. All you need is a blender or food processor and minimal ingredients. 

Ingredients:

1 cup salt of your choice (I prefer Himalayan pink salt, but any salt will do

1/4- 1/2 cup parsley (add more if using fresh herbs)

2 Tablespoons dried basil (or 1/4 cup if using fresh)

1 tablespoon oregano 

1 tablespoon lemon zest

1 garlic clove minced

Optional: Any additional herbs you prefer

Process:

Add fresh parsley, garlic, lemon zest and a little bit of salt to the blender or food processor. Mix for 10 seconds. Add additional ingredients and blend again. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper and pour salt mixture on sheet and evening spread. Set in a cool oven overnight to dry. Pour salt into a container of choice and enjoy! 

Chimichurri

Chimichurri is a condiment that can be used on endless things, and can be enjoyed as a sauce or dip. Serve over fish, chicken, vegetables or with crackers.  

Ingredients:

1/2 cup olive oil (or flax oil for added omega 3 nutrition)

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (or lemon juice as an alternative)

1/2 cup-1 cup fresh parsley, chopped finely

1/4 cup fresh basil or fresh cilantro 

3-4 cloves garlic, minced 

1 small red chilies or 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes 

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano or italian seasonings

1 teaspoon salt

pepper to taste

Process

Chop fresh herbs finely and add to a bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix. Chill for 1-2 hours.  Enjoy! 

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