Transport yourself to the lavender fields of southern France with this week’s recipe for Herbes de Provence – a must for the Francophile kitchen! While you can buy herbes de Provence in almost any supermarket, it’s so simple and a lot more fun to make your own. Plus, it gives you the added bonus of being able to adjust the amounts and ingredients to your taste.
This summertime dried herb mix is an essential component of French and Mediterranean cooking and is perfect for use as a rub or marinade in classic meat dishes like roast chicken, grilled fish, and beef stew. It also adds a distinctive flavour to a wide range of vegetarian dishes such as roasted vegetables, baked tomatoes, couscous salads, and tomato-based soups. Why don’t you try it with one of our couscous and fish recipes paired with a Provence rosé? However you decide to use this classic herb blend, our five-minute recipe will liven up just about any dish.
What You’ll Need:
- 2 tablespoons each of these dried herbs: Rosemary, savory, thyme, basil, marjoram, lavender flowers, and Italian parsley
- 1 tablespoon each of these ingredients: Fennel seeds, dried oregano, and dried tarragon
- Grind the rosemary and fennel seeds in a spice grinder
- Transfer ground ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir in the rest of the herbs.
- And Voilà! You’ve just made your very own herbes de Provence. See, that was simple wasn’t it? Now breathe in the heady aromas of Provence and enjoy!
Preservation of your Herbes de Provence
Store in an airtight container kept in a cool, dry place away from light and heat. Your herbes de Provence will last between six months and a year, depending on the freshness of the herbs.
Mix it Up
While there are many herbs that can collectively be called herbes de Provence, the basic recipe includes rosemary, tarragon, fennel, marjoram, parsley, and thyme. You’ll also find recipes that include (or omit) lavender, sage, oregano, mint, basil, bay leaves, savory, and chervil. Ultimately, it’s about having fun and experimenting to find out what you like most. You could even prepare several batches with different mixes to pair with particular dishes. Tell us about your culinary creations in the comments below.
And remember, when it comes to finding the perfect wine for your dish, Drinks&Co have your back. Check out our recommendations for some excellent Provence rosés.
A wine that surprises with its freshness, revealed in the intense notes of citrus fruits, exotic fruits, flowers and red fruits on the nose. Once tasted, it amazes with an unexpected explosion of white pepper notes.