Now that I have emerged from my food-induced Thanksgiving coma, I can start thinking about a menu that doesn’t include turkey. No turkey for a long, long time.
Thank goodness for reader Janine J., who recently wrote us to share her friend’s homemade seasoning mix recipes. Glancing over these seasoning recipes gave me hope for future meals containing juicy, savory, chicken. Or beef. Or fish. Just not turkey.
I know I’ll invite turkey back into my life at some point. Soon I’ll be able to forgive and forget all the uncomfortably stuffed moments I experienced that were a direct result of a delicious turkey. But until then…
A few homemade spice mixes
Homemade Johnny’s Seasoning
Enjoy this seasoning on anything from popcorn to chicken and roasts.
- 1 ½ Tablespoon sea salt
- 1 Tablespoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
For each pound of ground beef/turkey, use 2 tablespoons of this seasoning, plus ¾ cup water.
- 2 Tablespoons chili powder
- 1 Tablespoon cumin
- 2 ½ teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon corn starch
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon oregano
Method: Combine spices, mix well, and transfer to a repurposed spice container. Label with instructions for use, and plan your next taco night!
Use this seasoning mix as a dry rub for chicken, or simply sprinkle it on dishes for some creole flare!
- 5 Tablespoons paprika
- 3 Tablespoons sea salt
- 2 Tablespoons onion powder
- 2 Tablespoons garlic powder
- 2 Tablespoons oregano
- 2 Tablespoons basil
- 1 Tablespoon white pepper
- 1 Tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 Tablespoon thyme
- 1 Tablespoon cayenne pepper
Method: Mix together herbs and spices and transfer to a shaker-top container. Avoid touching your face after handling these spices, or you’ll likely shed a few tears.
Spice it up
Making your own pre-mixed seasonings is a smart DIY move. Especially if there are favorite dishes you make on a regular basis, having a pre-mixed seasoning on hand saves all the time of measuring out individual spices. You can also be confident that your seasonings don’t include MSGs or anti-caking agents like store-bought seasoning mixes often do. Depending on the prices you find on individual spices, you may also save money by mixing your own blends.
Homemade seasoning mixes always make a great gift. Come up with a sassy name for your seasonings and make an equally sassy label that will amuse your friends and family. Tuck a few seasoning mixes, homemade bread, and cooking sauces into a gift basket – a real treat for the BBQ master or food fanatic in your life!
You may be taking a short break from cooking after the food-centric holiday we just celebrated, but once you’re back in the saddle, let us know what delicious dishes you’re sprinkling with your homemade spice mixtures! Feel free to share your own seasoning mix recipes with the community!