By Amy Jeanroy
Here are my top 5 cooking herbs for the holidays. These are the ones I seem to turn to time and again, for every meal. Enjoy!
I don't believe there is a more recognizable herb for holiday dishes, than sage. You may not even know that this lovely herb is an ingredient, but you will certainly miss it if it is left out.
Sage grows well in an indoor garden environment, making it easy to use throughout the year. I grow sage all summer, and then make rubbed sage by hand, after drying it. I share with friends, and they are always surprised at how strong and delightful, fresh-dried sage tastes. Hand rubbed sage makes a nice gift, and is a simple way to introduce your friends to the joy of growing herbs. If you would like to try your hand at using sage in your cooking, check out some of these lovely recipes:
Rosemary is warm, earthy, and much loved for all rich and savory dishes. If you have only tried the mysterious, mild rosemary from the store, give fresh a try. Even freshly dried rosemary is miles better than the faded commercial type.
Why not give one of these recipes a try? They all use rosemary as a highlight flavor:
Now, parsley is known for its bright, green flavor. It is a must have herb to finish off many dishes, and can become a strong force for many holiday recipes. If you need inspiration, check out some of these delicious ideas:
Oregano just draws you in with its rich scent. Everyone loves the flavor and aroma of fresh oregano, and it pairs well with many of the recipes that we also love to indulge in during the holiday season.
Try some of these wonderful recipes, and learn how delicious oregano can really be.
I have never met anyone who didn't enjoy the flavor of mint, and I personally have never met a mint that I didn't love.
More than just a tea herb, mint is delicious served in many recipes. Why not bring a fresh, light flavor to your holiday table, and try some of these unique recipes?