I love cooking, but I detest buying those store bought combination spices that are designated as "seafood spice" or "meat rub." For those of you who are looking to broaden your spice cabinet beyond the pre-mixed Paula Deen variety spices, these are my top five basic savory spices that will give you a variety of different (and international!) flavors.
Personally, I think basil goes well with just about anything. It can add flavor to eggs in a pinch, and it also is a key ingredient in all kinds of spiced potatoes. This spice is typically associated with Italian cooking since it's a main ingredient in many sauces including spaghetti sauce as well as the main ingredient for traditional basil pesto. Whether you have a fresh herb growing out back or a bottle of the dried variety in your cabinet, this spice is perfect to fall back on for any dish.
Curry is an essential part of Indian cooking, and the bold flavor makes it a nice addition to more than just Indian dishes. What I really love about curry is that its a perfect substitute for umami flavors. I don't eat meat, and when I'm craving that sort of flavor, adding a bit of curry to a dish really satisfies the craving.
Delicious dill reminds me of all things British. My initial use of dill was to simply make dill butter, but I've grown to really love this spice. It has a very unique, earthy flavor that can change the taste of any meal. I've also tasted it used in local cheeses (particularly goat cheeses), and the result is a decadently savory cheese.
A favorite in Greek cooking, the smell of oregano reminds me a bit of basil but with a more intense scent. When it's used in cooking, of course, it tastes quite different. There is a slight bitterness to oregano that sets it apart from most other spices, and it definitely gives dishes a hint of Mediterranean flavor.
This potent spice is best known for its use in Thai cooking, although I've used it many times when I'm lacking fresh lemon. The combination of earthy and citrusy notes make it an unusual herb that can give your cooking something different. My favorite use for lemongrass is in soups and stews; I can never seem to get enough of broths made with lemongrass.
Of course, all of these spices can benefit from a dash of salt and pepper to really enhance their flavor. Each one has a unique taste that can add something different to your cooking.
This is such a great seasoning list.Thank you.
Thanks guys! Here's a quick link if anyone's interested on more info on buying lemongrass:
Hadn't thought about Lemongrass. I'll have to try it. H5
Great list. I use them all except for curry and lemongrass. I never heard of lemongrass until i read this list. Great job. H5.
A great list of spices. First time that I heard about lemon grass. And it is very imformative. Thank you for sharing.
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