Once you take a few minutes to mix together your own homemade Greek Seasoning Blend, you open the door to endless recipe possibilities! Prepared with what most of us have in our spice racks already, this blend will keep in your pantry for months!
GREEK SEASONING BLEND
Who doesn’t love to have seasoning blends on hand for when the mood strikes? I, for one, have a fully stocked spice rack, and another dozen or so spices in our pantry. But, when I’m in a rush, I love to reach for a pre-assembled spice blend, much like this Greek Seasoning Blend.
When I not in a rush, I like to reach into my spice collection and measure out exact amounts for each one. I tend to do this a lot when cooking soups, stews, or anything else that takes time and effort. Oh, here’s another great idea. Take a look at this awesome Spice Rack Sauce recipe!
On weeknights, even now that I’m working from home, I much prefer a grab-and-go type of spice mix. That’s why this Greek Seasoning Blend is so great. Plus, you can use it for so many recipes. I’ll get to that in a bit.
The problem, however, is that those pre-mixed, store-bought, spice blends can be quite expensive. Compare, if you will, the cost of buying a store blend to the cost of making one yourself at home. Of course, those cost savings depends on whether or not you have an existing stocked spice rack. And, truthfully, most of do!
Unless you are a seasoned cook, most home cooks will have a spice rack that sits on the countertop. You know the kind I speak of. They are either plastic or chrome and most of them spin around so that you have easy access to the spices.
Some home cooks have the old fashioned wooden spice racks that are mounted to the kitchen wall. To be honest, these are the types of spice racks I prefer. My mom used to have one of them and I have fond memories it it. When we bought our house, despite wanting to modernize everything, I wanted to keep some old-time charm to it too.
I found this spice rack on Amazon. I admit, it is a little expensive, but when you consider what you’re getting, it’s not that much of a stretch. The rack is well made with real wood. And, the spice jars are completely full. I trust the McCormick brand, and use it often. It was a no-brainer for me. It hangs quite nicely in our old, country kitchen.
LET’S CHAT ABOUT SPICES FOR A BIT!
Anyone who knows me well will confirm that I am obsessed with spice racks and spice jars. John.e can attest to the fact that over the past eight years, I have updated and completely changed our spice storage system at least five times.
Initially, I had to have all of our spices in mason jars. That lasted for a year or so. Then, I found these really great glass jars with a pull-off lid. The seal was great, but again, they were quite big. Next, I used smaller bottles, and then spice bottles that I picked up from Ikea. I could go on, but I digress.
My obsession has taught me a few things about buying spices. First, keep your spices in a cabinet or at least out of direct sunlight. Yes, I have my spice rack on the wall in my kitchen, but it is as far away from the windows as I could possibly get it.
Secondly, buy spices in small amounts. You should never have more than three to six months supply. Spices lose their pungency and flavour. The only seasonings I buy in larger quantities is salt and pepper. That’s why I love the McCormick jars. They’re not too large for me, but keep in mind, I cook quite often. And, when I run out, it’s easy to replace that one jar.
SO, LORD BYRON, WHAT CAN I MAKE WITH ALL OF THIS GREEK SEASONING BLEND?
Well, Dear Reader, I’m glad you asked! Because this particular blend is flavour friendly, you can make almost anything with it. What I mean by flavour friendly is that it’s not overly powerful, it’s not spicy, and it can be eaten by vegetarians and vegans too.
The amounts you use will depend on how strongly you want to season that particular item. For example, I would add a heaping tablespoon to one cup of sour cream to make a really great tasting Greek dip. Do the same with Greek yogurt and use it as a creamy dressing on salads.
Speaking of salads, Greek Seasoning Blend can be mixed with olive oil for a lighter salad dressing. Try tossing diced chicken with it and putting the chicken on skewers. It makes a great grilled chicken dish, and don’t forget the spritz of fresh lemon when the chicken is cooked. Yum!
You can roast chicken or lamb with the seasoning as well. Add a teaspoon or so to the water when you’re cooking rice. It’s delicious! Toss oven-roasted potatoes with a little of the blend. Sprinkle some seasoning over grilled pork. Add a little to your scrambled eggs. Toss some with olive oil, cooked pasta, and grilled veggies for a wonderful Greek Pasta Salad!
I told you the possibilities were endless. I’ve barely scraped the surface! Now, I’ll get to the recipe, but before I do, I want you to promise me that you will write me and let me know how you put your Greek Seasoning Blend to use. Leave me a comment in the section below. Just scroll down past the recipe. Enjoy!
Greek Seasoning Blend
- 1 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
- 1 1/2 tablespoons paprika
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoons vegetable bouillon powder
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or a spice grinder. Pulse until finely blended.
- Transfer to a clean mason jar.
- Store in pantry for up to six months.