Blends, Rubs and Marinades- Fantastic Food Friday

This isn’t exactly the same types of recipes I’ve been sharing. This are recipes for some of my favorite spice blends, marinades and rubs. It’s more of a “How To” use those spices I shared with you earlier this week.

I try to share sources when possible, but I’ve used a lot of these for a few years now and that was before I knew the importance of citing recipes. If they are yours, please let me know so I can credit you or at least link to your blog/website! Or, take them down if you prefer.

All herbs and spices are dried unless otherwise noted. I usually mix mine in my manual food processor. Store in air tight container- I usually use jelly jars. Shake before each use.

Herbed Chicken Marinade
3 tbsp evoo
2 tbsp shallots
1 tbsp rosemary
2 tsp thyme
2 fresh garlic gloves, minced

Mix and add 16-24 oz of raw chicken, let marinade in fridge for a while. Cook as desired- we like grilled! I like to put it in a gallon zip top bag so I can squish it around for a few hours.

Steak Rub (Like Montreal Steak Seasoning)
4 Tablespoons Coarse Salt
1 Tablespoon Coarsely Cracked Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
1 Tablespoon Paprika
½ Tablespoons Granulated Garlic
½ Tablespoons Dried Rosemary, Lightly Crushed
½ Tablespoons Crushed Red Chili Flakes
½ Tablespoons Dried Thyme
Mix together and store in a shaker.

Shake or rub 1 tablespoon seasoning onto 1 pound steaks, pork chops and hamburgers before grilling or broiling. (Seriously good on hamburgers!)

Taco Seasoning
(Per 1 pound of meat, after browned, add spices and ½ c water)

1 tbsp chili powder
1 ½ tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp cornstarch
¼ tsp garlic
¼ tsp onion
¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
¼ tsp oregano
¼ tsp brown sugar
¼ tsp cayenne

Italian Seasoning

2 Tablespoons basil
2 Tablespoons marjoram
2 Tablespoons oregano
2 Tablespoons rosemary
2 Tablespoons thyme

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well combined.

All Purpose Seasoning (Like Mrs. Dash)

2 cups dried minced onion flakes
1/2 cup garlic powder
1/2 cup tablespoon dried orange peel (1 2-oz bottle)
1/3 cup fresh coarse ground black pepper
8 teaspoon dried parsley
4 teaspoon dried basil
4 teaspoon dried marjoram
4 teaspoon dried oregano
4 teaspoon dried savory
4 teaspoon dried thyme
4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 teaspoon cumin
4 teaspoon coriander
4 teaspoon dried mustard
2 teaspoon celery seed
2 teaspoon kool-aid unsweetened lemonade mix (one envelope has 3 teaspoons, believe!)
1/2- 1 tsp dried rosemary

Combine everything in a food processor.

Dry Onion Soup Mix

2/3 cup dried, minced onion
3 teaspoons parsley flakes
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons turmeric
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

Mix all ingredients in a jar, then give the jar a good shake. I recommend shaking the jar to mix the ingredients well before each use.

Use 4 tablespoons in a recipe in place of 1 packet of onion soup mix. Store this in a dry, cool place.

I did several of these up for Christmas gifts a few years ago and they were a big hit. Some of my friends have used them as wedding shower gifts.

What’s your favorite combination or blend? Tell me in the comments!

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Graham
    May 16, 2014 @ 03:35:24

    These recipes look fantastic, I’ll have to try them this weekend. Thanks for sharing! 🙂


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