Category: Sauces and Dressings

How To Make Italian Seasoning

Learn how to make Italian seasoning mix in under 5 minutes! It’s easy, and a handy spice mix to have in the pantry to help season Italian meals!
Learn how to make Italian seasoning mix in under 5 minutes! It's easy, and a handy spice mix to have in the pantry to help season Italian meals!

Have you ever been looking at a recipe and realize the recipe calls for Italian seasoning? Does it seem like too much trouble to make a separate trip to the store to buy some? Well… fear not! Today you can see just how easy it is to make it right in your own kitchen!

What Spices Are IN Italian Seasoning Mix?

The cast of characters for this Italian seasoning are basil, garlic powder, parsley, rosemary, pepper, onion powder, oregano, thyme and red pepper flakes.

The spices used to make Italian seasoning mix, on a plate.

How Do You Make Italian Seasoning Mix?

The spices in this recipe need to be crushed together. The best way to do this is by measuring out all the ingredients into a food processor or a spice/coffee grinder.

Pulse spices together until they are pretty finely ground. There you go… you just leaned how to make Italian seasoning! I’ll bet you didn’t even break into a sweat, either!

The spices are ground in a food processor or coffee grinder.

This recipe will yield a total of about 1/2 cup of Italian seasoning mix, which is about 8 Tablespoonfuls. Place the spices into a container with a lid, label it, and add it to your pantry!

The spices should hold their peak flavor for up to 6 months or so. Use this mix anytime a recipe calls for Italian seasoning.

After you make Italian seasoning, it is stored in an airtight container.Once you make Italian seasoning, add it to airtight container with lid, and store.

Looking For More Spice Mix Recipes?

Here is the Italian seasoning (below) in it’s new home in our pantry. It has settled in next to some of the other homemade spice mixes (all on my blog).

These mixes include jerk seasoning mix, dry rub (for chicken/pork), allspice, cajun seasoning and pumpkin pie spice mix. I also make my own taco seasoning (not shown).

Store the Italian seasoning spice mix in pantry.

See how easy it is to make this spice mix? I really hope you will whip some up soon, and trust you will enjoy using it in some of your favorite Italian dishes! Have a wonderful day.

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Original recipe source: https://www.onehundreddollarsamonth.com/easy-kitchen-tips-italian-seasoning-recipe/

How To Make Italian Seasoning
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Learn how to make Italian seasoning mix in under 5 minutes! It's easy, and a handy spice mix to have in the pantry to help season Italian meals!

Category: Spices
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: How to make Italian seasoning, Italian seasoning
Servings: 8 Tablespoons (1/2 cup total)
Calories Per Serving: 15 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 3 Tablespoons dried basil
  • 3 Tablespoons dried parsley
  • Tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Measure all ingredients into a food processor, or coffee grinder.

  2. Pulse or grind until spices have become fairly finely ground. Remove, and transfer the mix to an airtight container with a lid. Label, and store in cool, dry and dark place. The spice mix should hold its peak flavor for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Facts
How To Make Italian Seasoning
Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
Calories 15 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 8mg0%
Potassium 91mg3%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 90IU2%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Learn how to make Italian seasoning mix in under 5 minutes! It's easy, and a handy spice mix to have in the pantry to help season Italian meals!

 

How To Make Allspice

Learn how to make allspice seasoning in 5 minutes. Use this mix in case you don’t have time to grow a tree, harvest, roast and grind your own berries, or run to the store!
Learn how to make allspice seasoning in 5 minutes. Use this mix in case you don't have time to grow a tree, harvest, roast and grind your own berries!

I love to find ways to make my own spices to keep in our pantry.  Sometimes a recipe calls for a tiny bit of a spice I don’t have handy, which means a trip to the store to shell out some bucks for a whole jar! Recently I found a homemade spice recipe I want to share, that shows you how to make allspice in under 5 minutes, if you need a quick substitute!

Did You Know This About Allspice?

There is a plant common is certain areas of the world called the pimenta dioica. Allspice comes from the berries this plant produces. Whole allspice berries are actually dried, unripe fruit that have been harvested from this plant. When the dried berries are finely pulverized, the result is ground allspice.

Back in the early 1600’s, the crushed, ground up berries were given the name of “allspice” by the English. Apparently they thought the flavor of these dried, unripened berries was VERY similar to that of 3 spices combined: cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg! They used “allspice” to flavor their various meats and desserts. (Source: Wikipedia)

Below is a photo I took of some whole (dried) allspice berries from my pantry, to show you what they look like.

Whole, dried allspice berries on a white plate.

How To Make Allspice

TRUTH FACT: MOST of us don’t have the time or the ability to grow a pimenta dioica plant, harvest and roast the unripe berries, and then grind them, all while making a recipe. This “quick fix” will provide the same flavor, should you need allspice to use! Knowing how to make allspice (quickly) will also save you a trip to the store to buy it!

The three ingredients necessary to make this allspice substitute are… you guessed it! Cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg (all ground). Make this mix in a pinch if you need allspice for a recipe, and all will be right with the world.

You will need cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg to make allspice seasoning.

Measure out the spices into a small bowl. Stir the spices together and try to get rid of any lumps. That’s it! you can use this allspice mix as a quick substitute in recipes calling for ground allspice!

Mixing cinnamon, ground cloves and nutmeg is how to make allspice.Try to break up any lumps in the seasoning before storing.

Storing Allspice

Store the seasoning in an airtight container once the ingredients are mixed.  The recipe, as written below (in the printable recipe card) will yield about 1/2 cup of allspice (8 Tablespoons).

Fill and then label the container, and add it to the other spices in your pantry. It should hold its flavor up to about 6 months (maybe more)!

Allspice should be stored in a labeled, airtight container.

See the photo below? I’ve added my homemade allspice to some of the other spices in our pantry.

Looking For More Homemade Spice Mixes?

A few of the other homemade spice mixes I’ve blogged about include: jerk seasoning, dry rub mix (for chicken/pork), pumpkin pie spice mix, and cajun seasoning. I also make my own taco seasoning, and the Italian seasoning recipe (shown) will be coming soon!

The jar of homemade allspice is added to the other spices in our pantry.

Sure hope you will give this seasoning mix a try! It’s so easy to make, and very convenient to be able to make up a quick spice mix when needed for a recipe! Have a GREAT day!

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Original recipe source: https://www.onehundreddollarsamonth.com/easy-kitchen-tips-allspice-substitute-recipe/

How To Make Allspice
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Learn how to make allspice seasoning in 5 minutes. Use this mix in case you don't have time to grow a tree, harvest, roast and grind your own berries!

Category: Spices
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make allspice
Servings: 8 (1/2 cup or 8 Tablespoons total)
Calories Per Serving: 6 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons ground cloves
Instructions
  1. Measure out the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves into a small bowl. Stir well, to combine, breaking down any lumps.

  2. Pour allspice mixture into an airtight jar or container with a lid. Label container; store in pantry. Can use as a substitute in recipes that call for ground allspice. Should hold peak flavor for up to 6 months (or more).

Nutrition Facts
How To Make Allspice
Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
Calories 6 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 5mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to add to your Pinterest boards!Learn how to make allspice seasoning in 5 minutes. Use this mix in case you don't have time to grow a tree, harvest, roast and grind your own berries!

 

 

 

How To Make Jerk Seasoning

Need jerk seasoning mix to use in a recipe? Save a trip to the store and make this popular spice blend from scratch easily, in under 5 minutes!
Need jerk seasoning mix to use in a recipe? Save a trip to the store and make this popular spice blend from scratch easily, in under 5 minutes!

Has anyone out there noticed just how expensive spices have become? We sure have! I try to keep a lot of spices available in my pantry. However, every now and then a recipe calls for a spice mixture I don’t have, like jerk seasoning, and off to the store I go, to buy it!

After realizing how easy it is to make seasoning mixes from scratch (using spices I ALREADY have), it’s a whole new game! Why make a separate trip to the store when it is EASY and quick to make a spice mix from scratch at home? We’ve enjoyed using this mix to make easy grilled chicken with jerk seasoning!

What Can Jerk Seasoning Be Used For?

Jerk seasoning is primarily used to season meat, like chicken fish, beef or pork.  That is the way it is most frequently used. It is used a lot in Jamaican-style recipes, and is associated closely with this cuisine, and lends its unique flavor to these meats.

Did you know it can also be used in other ways? Jerk seasoning can also be added to mayonnaise (in small amounts) to give it an extra kick, for sandwiches or burgers. You can also mix a bit of it with fresh mashed avocado, and serve it as a unique appetizer dip!

Make The Jerk Seasoning

Place allspice, brown sugar, cumin, cloves, cinnamon, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Give these spices a good whisk or stir, until they are fully combined.

NOTE: In traditional jerk seasoning, scotch bonnet peppers are used, but the cayenne pepper in this recipe will add the little bit of extra heat instead!

Make sure any lumps are broken down. Congratulations! You have just made your very own jerk seasoning from scratch!

All the spices for this seasoning mix are combined in a medium bowl.Once blended the jerk seasoning mix is ready to store or use.

Storing Jerk Seasoning

Store the jerk seasoning in an airtight, sealed container, once combined. Now you can keep it in your pantry until you’re ready to use it! It should keep it’s full flavor potency for about 6 months.

TIP: Don’t forget to label the jar, because no one wants to have their cinnamon toast accidentally made with jerk seasoning! Just sayin’!

Store the jerk seasoning in an airtight jar or container.

Ready To Grill Meat Using Jerk Seasoning?

Add 1 Tablespoon of vegetable of oil (whatever type you prefer) to the jerk spices (the full portion). Stir the mixture well, to combine the oil with the spices.

Add oil to the seasoning mix and combine, when you need it to grill meat.

The seasoning mix (in the photo below) will look like this, after the oil has been mixed in.

This is what the seasoning looks like after being blended with oil before spreading on meat.

Here is a photo of chicken breasts, fully coated with the jerk seasoning rub. Just rub it into the meat, and the chicken is ready to grill! There should be enough of the jerk rub mix to coat 6-8 pieces of chicken.

Chicken breasts have been covered with the jerk seasoning mix (combined with oil).

The jerk rub adheres well to the meat as it cooks, and the result is this uniquely flavored Jamaican-style chicken!

This is what the chicken looked like AFTER grilling using this spice mix.

Hope you will whip up some of this Jamaican-style jerk seasoning mix. My hope is that you will appreciate having it handy in the kitchen and will enjoy using it! Have a wonderful day.

Looking For More Recipes For SPICE MIXES?

You can find all of my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. I have several homemade spice mixes, including:

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How To Make Jerk Seasoning
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Need jerk seasoning mix to use in a recipe? Save a trip to the store and make this popular spice blend from scratch easily, in under 5 minutes!

Category: Spices
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: jerk seasoning
Servings: 1 (10 Tablespoons total)
Calories Per Serving: 111 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Place allspice, brown sugar, cumin, cloves, cinnamon, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Give these spices a good whisk or stir, until they are fully combined. Make sure any lumps are broken down.

Storing Jerk Seasoning
  1. Store the jerk seasoning in an airtight, sealed container, once combined. Don't forget to label the jar! Now you can store it in your pantry until you are ready to use it! It should keep it's flavor potency for about 6 months.

When Ready To Cook Meats With Jerk Seasoning:
  1. Add 1 Tablespoon of vegetable of oil (whatever type you prefer) to the jerk spices (the full portion). Stir the mixture well, to combine the oil with the spices. Rub this mixture onto the surface of the meat. **(mixture will coat approx. 6-8 pieces of chicken). Cook, using the method you prefer. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
How To Make Jerk Seasoning
Amount Per Serving (1 (10 Tbsp total))
Calories 111 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 2339mg102%
Potassium 42mg1%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Vitamin C 1.6mg2%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Need jerk seasoning mix to use in a recipe? Save a trip to the store and make this popular spice blend from scratch easily, in under 5 minutes!

Citrus Dijon Salad Dressing

Drizzle your crisp green salads with homemade Citrus Dijon Salad Dressing! Made in under 5 minutes, it’s an EASY way to make your garden salads “pop” with flavor!Drizzle your crisp green salads with Citrus Dijon Salad Dressing! Made in under 5 minutes, it's an EASY way to make your garden salads "pop" with flavor!

While searching for salad recipes recently, I discovered this recipe for a homemade salad dressing, which featured citrus (fresh squeezed orange juice and zest) and poppyseeds! I thought it sounded good so I made it, with only a couple slight changes to the original, and used it to dress our salad.  It’s FANTASTIC!

I love to make salad dressings from scratch! Not only do you avoid a lot of the shelf stabilizing EXTRA ingredients found in commercially prepared bottles of salad dressing, but honestly… it’s so EASY and usually far more cost effective to simply make it yourself!

Other Homemade Salad Dressings You Might Enjoy!

If you enjoy making salad dressings from scratch, too, be sure to check out my recipes for Citrus Vinaigrette, Bleu Cheese, Italian, Poppyseed, Ranch, Catalina, Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette, and Creamy Lemon. All are easy to make, and taste fabulous!

How To Make Citrus Dijon Salad Dressing

This particular recipe for Citrus Dijon salad dressing can be made in UNDER 5 minutes, and uses some very basic pantry items. Here’s the “cast of characters”: fresh squeezed orange juice, oil, poppyseeds, Dijon mustard, honey, orange zest, and simple seasonings. Easy peasy.

Ingredients for citrus dijon salad dressing.

All ingredients (except for poppyseeds) are placed in a small jar with a tight lid.  I found it easy to use the same jar and lid I was going to store the dressing in, for less cleanup! Another couple options are to put ingredients in mixing bowl and use a whisk to blend ingredients, or to use a blender (but you’ll have more to clean up… just sayin’).

You can see the before and after photos below.  Place the lid on the jar… and shake the jar hard for about 30 seconds (while holding the lid on tightly) until dressing has fully combined.

Citrus dijon salad dressing before it is mixed.

Citrus dijon salad dressing after it is mixed.

Add poppyseeds, then put lid back on and give jar a few more good shakes to blend the ingredients, and that’s it! TA DA! You just made an incredible tasting salad dressing!

Poppyseeds are added to citrus dijon salad dressing in jar.

Citrus dijon dressing after poppyseeds are added and mixed in.

All that’s left to do after that is give it a quick shake or stir right before serving, then pour some of this delicious Citrus Dijon salad dressing over the salad of your choice! I recently used it to drizzle on a yummy Spinach Pear Salad!  It tastes delicious, and can be made ahead of time, too!

If making this salad dressing ahead of the time you will need it, refrigerate until ready to use, give it a good stir, then serve!

Citrus Dijon salad dressing being poured over mixed green salad.

We had a little bit of the salad dressing left over after making the salad (will keep for about a week in fridge), so a few days later I had a bit of a crazy idea… why not marinate fish kabobs with it! GREAT IDEA!  The citrus dressing paired perfectly with the fish, and really enhanced the flavors… who knew?

Citrus Dijon salad dressing used to marinade fish kabobs.

However you decide to use this Citrus Dijon salad dressing, you can be sure it’s gonna be GOOD!  Hope you will enjoy this absolutely delicious recipe!

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Recipe Adapted From: https://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/beet-and-goat-cheese-salad

Citrus Dijon Salad Dressing
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
Drizzle your crisp green salads with Citrus Dijon Salad Dressing! Made in under 5 minutes, it's an EASY way to make your garden salads "pop" with flavor!
Category: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: citrus dijon salad dressing
Servings: 12 Tablespoons (approx. 6 ounces)
Calories Per Serving: 67 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 3 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 Tablespoon poppyseeds
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients (except for the poppyseeds) in a small jar with a tight lid. Place the lid on the container... and shake the jar hard for about 30 seconds (while holding the lid on tightly) until dressing has fully combined.

  2. Add poppyseeds, then put lid back on and give jar a few more good shakes to fully blend the ingredients. Serve, and enjoy! If making this salad dressing ahead of the time, refrigerate until ready to use, give it a good stir, then serve!

  3. Leftover salad dressing should stay fresh and yummy for about a week in refrigerator, if stored in an airtight jar or container. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Citrus Dijon Salad Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
Calories 67 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 51mg2%
Potassium 17mg0%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Vitamin C 4.1mg5%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Drizzle your crisp green salads with Citrus Dijon Salad Dressing! Made in under 5 minutes, it's an EASY way to make your garden salads "pop" with flavor!

Dry Rub Spice Mix

It’s easy to enhance the flavor of grilled chicken or pork with this Dry Rub Spice Mix! Make enough mix to season meat for several BBQ’s, in under 5 minutes!
It's easy to enhance the flavor of grilled chicken or pork with this Dry Rub Spice Mix! Make enough mix to season meat for several BBQ's, in under 5 minutes!

I enjoy finding new seasoning mixes to use in different recipes to enhance flavors.  I’ve shared posts in the past for Homemade Cajun Seasoning, Grilled Chicken Sauce, Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix, and Herb Butter for Steaks, so when I found this recipe for a dry rub spice mix online (for grilled chicken or pork), I knew I had to try it!

Start by making the dry spice rub. EASY! Place the dry rub spices in a medium sized bowl. Stir well, to fully combine ingredients.

I cut the recipe in half, and even after cutting it in half, it made enough dry rub spice mix to season a pork loin roast, and a few whole chickens.

Spices used to make dry rub spice mix measured into bowl before mixing.

Dry rub spice mix for chicken and pork ready to season meat!

Cover all sides of a whole chicken with the dry spice rub, lightly rubbing it onto the surface of the meat. The slight moisture of the meat will help the spices stick!

Sprinkle some of the spice mix into the cavity of the chicken.  When done, set seasoned chicken aside until ready to cook in a smoker or on the grill.

Here is a photo of a whole chicken with the rub on it. We cooked two chickens this time, on our Traeger grill; they both turned out perfect, with a great added flavor from the spices!

Whole chicken with dry rub spice mix applied to skin.Whole chicken with dry rub spice mix, after roasting on Traeger grill.

Here are a couple photos from when we used this spice rub on a pork loin roast! We covered all sides of the roast with the spice rub, smoked the pork, then roasted it, long and slow on our Traeger grill.

We then shredded about half of the meat, added BBQ sauce, and made incredible tasting BBQ pulled pork sandwiches!

Pork loin roast with dry rub spice mix applied to surface of meat.

Pork loin roast with dry rub spice mix, after roasting on grill

I hope you will enjoy this quick and easy to prepare dry rub mix… if you store it in an airtight container, you will have it handy, and ready to use to enhance the flavor of your next grilled chicken or pork dish!

Interested In More Recipes?

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Recipe Adapted From: https://www.tastesoflizzyt.com/pulled-pork-rub/

Dry Rub Spice Mix (for chicken and pork)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
It's easy to enhance the flavor of grilled chicken or pork with this Dry Rub Spice Mix! Make enough mix to season meat for several BBQ's, in under 5 minutes!
Category: Spices
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dry rub spice mix
Servings: 8 (1/4 cup servings)
Calories Per Serving: 72 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 Tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon dry mustard
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized bowl, combine all spice rub ingredients. Stir to mix, until all ingredients are fully combined.

  2. When ready to use, sprinkle rub on chicken or pork, and pat it down to adhere to surface of meat. Smoke or grill meat until done. Enjoy!

Store unused spice rub mix in an airtight container until next use.
    Recipe Notes

    As written, dry rub recipe makes almost 2 cups. I cut the recipe for the dry rub in half. The quantities are easy to cut in half (except for the 1/3 cup of dark brown sugar. If cutting brown sugar in half, use 2 Tablespoons PLUS 2 teaspoons brown sugar). If halved, you'll end up with about 1 cup of spice rub, which is enough for 3 pork roasts or chickens (about 3 pounds each). Each roast or whole chicken will need approx. 1/3 cup of the rub to cover. Store leftover spice mix in airtight sealed container.

    Nutrition Facts
    Dry Rub Spice Mix (for chicken and pork)
    Amount Per Serving (0.25 cup)
    Calories 72 Calories from Fat 9
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 1g2%
    Sodium 3546mg154%
    Potassium 235mg7%
    Carbohydrates 15g5%
    Fiber 3g13%
    Sugar 9g10%
    Protein 1g2%
    Vitamin A 3600IU72%
    Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
    Calcium 48mg5%
    Iron 2.4mg13%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!It's easy to enhance the flavor of grilled chicken or pork with this Dry Rub Spice Mix! Make enough mix to season meat for several BBQ's, in under 5 minutes!

    Herb Butter For Steaks

    Take your summer grilling up a notch with Herb Butter For Steaks! Top a perfectly grilled juicy steak with a simple herb flavored butter compound to add another layer of deliciousness!Take your summer grilling up a notch with Herb Butter For Steaks! Top a juicy steak with a simple herb flavored butter to add another layer of deliciousness!

    My husband loves to grill on our BBQ, and one of his absolute favorite things to grill is a nice steak (rib-eyes are his personal favorite). I don’t eat too much steak, but I did have a good sized piece last tie we grilled them, because I wanted to try this herb butter added to the cooked meat.

    Many restaurants serve their grilled steaks with a nice pad of flavored butter, because it adds just the perfect finishing touch to a good steak. I searched for and found a recipe on Pinterest that interested me, so I set out to try it! It’s so EASY to make, and it did add another layer of flavor to some pretty tasty steaks!

    What Ingredients Are Needed For Herb Butter For Steaks?

    The necessary items for this herb butter for steaks are only a few simple ingredients: softened butter, lemon zest, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and freshly chopped flat leaf parsley! That’s it!

    Simple ingredients used for herb butter

    Softened butter is mixed with all the other ingredients until fully combined.  You will definitely need to use room temperature butter so it mixes easily.

    A fork will easily mix the ingredients. Once done, set the herb butter for steaks aside, until the meat is finished cooking.

    Herb butter is mixed and ready to use on steaks!

    Season your steaks with your favorite seasoning. Our favorite is Montreal seasoning (found in most stores).

    We lightly seasoned the rib-eye steaks after removing them from the refrigerator and let them sit for 30 minutes to take off the chill.

    Steaks are seasoned and ready to grill!

    Onto the old Weber charcoal grill they went, and my hubby Ken (the official “GRILLMEISTER”) cooked them until they reached the desired doneness. I think the smoke from the BBQ must have affected his eyes, cause he’s trying to pour lighter fluid into his wine glass! Ha Ha.

    Once done, he removed them from the grill, and brought them in to be crowned with the waiting herb butter for steaks!

    My husband, (the "Grillmeister") getting ready to grill steaks with herb butter

    Cooking rib eye steaks on our Weber grill

    I used a small cookie dough scoop top the steaks with the butter. You can also use a rounded Tablespoon of the herb butter. Both work well!

    I used a cookie scoop to portion out the herb butter for steaks

    Top Meat With Herb Butter For Steaks

    As soon as steaks are off the grill, transfer them to a serving platter. Immediately top each steak with a small scoop of herb butter.  The heat from the steaks will begin to melt the butter and herbs onto the top of the meat.

    As the herb butter melts, it covers the top of the meat, and adds additional spices and flavor finish to a great steak!

    Let the steaks rest for a few minutes before serving, to allow time for the butter to melt AND for the internal juices in the steak to redistribute throughout the meat.

    Herb butter for steaks placed on top of cooked meat where it melts!

    That’s all you need to do to add this simple finishing touch to your favorite steak! I told you it was EASY!

    I really hope you will consider trying this little add-on the next time you cook a steak, and hope you enjoy the extra pop of flavor it adds!

    The steaks would taste great served with Easy Grilled Corn On The Cob or Grilled Summer Veggies. Both of these delicious side dishes can also be cooked on the BBQ, which really helps to keep the ol’ kitchen cool during the heat of summer!

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    Original recipe source: Beth, at https://www.smalltownwoman.com/simply-perfect-easy-steak-butter/

    Herb Butter For Steaks
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    0 mins
    Total Time
    5 mins
     
    Take your summer grilling up a notch with Herb Butter For Steaks! Top a juicy steak with a simple herb flavored butter to add another layer of deliciousness!
    Category: Condiment
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: herb butter for steaks
    Servings: 4 servings
    Calories Per Serving: 103 kcal
    Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
    Ingredients
    • 4 Tablespoons butter , room temperature
    • 2 Tablespoons flat leaf parsley , finely chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic , minced
    • 1 teaspoon lemon rind (zest) , finely grated
    • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    Instructions
    1. Place all ingredients in a small bowl. Add room temperature butter, then add chopped parsley, garlic, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Cover and set aside until ready to use.

    2. Remove steaks from refrigerator approximately 30 minutes before grilling (to take the chill off).  Grill meat until it reaches desired doneness.  When done, remove steaks from grill; transfer to a serving platter. 

    3. Immediately top each steak with a scoop (or rounded Tablespoon) of the herb butter.  Let meat rest for a few minutes so that internal juices redistribute throughout meat. The butter should begin to melt over the top of the hot steaks during this time.  Serve, and enjoy!

    Nutrition Facts
    Herb Butter For Steaks
    Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
    Calories 103 Calories from Fat 99
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 11g17%
    Saturated Fat 7g44%
    Cholesterol 30mg10%
    Sodium 246mg11%
    Potassium 11mg0%
    Vitamin A 520IU10%
    Vitamin C 3.8mg5%
    Calcium 9mg1%
    Iron 0.1mg1%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    Whole Berry Cranberry Orange Sauce

    This flavorful whole berry cranberry orange sauce is a wonderful side dish for Thanksgiving! It’s incredibly easy to make, with only a few ingredients!This flavorful whole berry cranberry orange sauce is a wonderful side dish for Thanksgiving! It's incredibly easy to make, with only a few ingredients!

    It’s almost Thanksgiving, and I am looking forward to making one of my favorite dishes… Whole Berry Cranberry Orange Sauce! It’s sooo good, and simple to whip up!

    As a kid, I didn’t like cranberry sauce. I thought of it as the big red wiggly blob of funny tasting stuff from a can that my Mom put out on a plate at Thanksgiving.  Being the dutiful daughter that I am, I followed her example for many years in my own home.

    Funny thing, though… I never really liked it, because the gelatinous, wobbly texture made me cringe.

    The OTHER Way I Make Cranberry Orange Sauce – My Mom’s Version

    Years later my Mom began making a homemade cranberry-orange sauce, and I found I really enjoyed the fresh sweet and tartness.  It’s DELICIOUS!

    Her recipe is almost more like a fresh “relish”, requires no cooking and has orange, apple and fresh cranberries in it (finely ground using a food processor).  I make her version often during the holidays.

    That  homemade cranberry sauce recipe is so good I can eat it right out of the bowl with a spoon! It tastes very similar to the kind sold at Trader Joes!

    Whole fresh cranberries are used to make this recipe for cranberry orange sauce.

    How To Make My Version Of Whole Berry Cranberry Orange Sauce

    I also enjoy a whole berry cranberry orange sauce, which is cooked… with most of the cranberries “popped”, but left whole in the sauce. I slightly adapted my Mom’s original recipe to make this version, and am happy to share it with you.

    This recipe does not include apples, requires a very short cooking time to enable the cranberries to “pop”, and is full of cranberry orange flavor! It tastes AMAZING!

    This whole berry cranberry orange sauce is so delicious, I usually have to grab a spoon and take multiple “samples”. It’s a hard job, but somebody has to do it!  I’m always happy to help!

    Whole Berry Cranberry Orange Sauce is served in glass bowl with orange zest garnish.

    The recipe for whole berry cranberry orange sauce is so easy to make from scratch. Basically the ingredients are placed into a large saucepan, and mixture is cooked.

    The ingredients are stirred frequently while the cranberries cook, until most of the cranberries have “popped”. This usually takes only 8-10 minutes.

    Interesting Fact About Cooked Cranberries

    Here’s an interesting side note – did you know when the cranberries are cooked at a high temperature and “pop” open, they release pectin?

    Yep, they do, and then the pectin turns around and slightly thickens the sauce naturally.  Who knew a sauce using these two main ingredients could be so delicious AND thicken itself?

    Fresh cranberries and oranges are the two main ingredients to make whole berry cranberry orange sauce.

    Anyways… I hope you will consider making your very own fresh whole berry cranberry orange sauce this Thanksgiving.  I think you will be amazed at how great it tastes!

    We had a guest over for to share Thanksgiving with us, and he said it was the BEST cranberry sauce he had ever had!

    The awesome thing is that it can be made a couple days before you serve it, so it can free up your precious time in the kitchen the day of the big feast (just keep it covered in the fridge!).

    Whole Berry Cranberry Orange Sauce Is A Perfect Thanksgiving Side Dish!

    Now that you know how to make your own whole berry cranberry orange sauce, you can serve it proudly with all your other delicious traditional Thanksgiving side dishes!

    I love to serve Pecan Praline Yams and Brown Butter Green Beans with Toasted Almonds and Red Peppers with our Thanksgiving meal, along with Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Quick Easy Cornbread Stuffing.  YUM!

    Whole berry cranberry orange sauce is served with other Thanksgiving side dishes.

    From our family to yours… we wish you a memorable Thanksgiving with those family or friends dear to you.

    As our family gathers each Thanksgiving, we are mindful of the many blessings, large and small, that God has poured into our lives. We gladly acknowledge and thank Him for these gifts, with overflowing, grateful hearts!

    We gather for Thanksgiving to give thanks to God for His many blessings.

    My hope is that you, as well, would know the joy of a heart filled with gratitude this season! I also hope you will enjoy this recipe for whole berry cranberry orange sauce!

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    Adapted from my recipe for Homemade Cranberry-Orange Sauce

    Whole Berry Cranberry Orange Sauce
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    10 mins
    Total Time
    15 mins
     
    This flavorful whole berry cranberry orange sauce is a wonderful side dish for Thanksgiving! It's incredibly easy to make, with only a few ingredients!
    Category: Sauce
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: whole berry cranberry orange sauce
    Servings: 8 1/4 cup servings (approx. 2 cups)
    Calories Per Serving: 103 kcal
    Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
    Ingredients
    • 1 bag fresh cranberries (12-16 ounces)
    • Zest from 1 large orange (reserve just a bit for garnish)
    • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup water
    • Extra orange zest for garnish
    Instructions
    1. In a medium saucepan, mix together orange zest, fresh squeezed orange juice, water and granulated sugar. Stir and cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes until the sugar has dissolved.
    2. Add fresh cranberries. Bring sauce to a boil. Once mixture is boiling, turn the heat down to a low simmer. Cook (uncovered), stirring often, for 7-8 minutes, until the cranberries have "popped" open and the sauce has thickened. Once this occurs, remove the cranberry sauce from heat, and set aside. Let cranberry sauce cool completely. When ready to serve, garnish with additional orange zest, if desired. Serve this delicious sauce at room temperature or refrigerated! May be made 2-3 days in advance. Store in refrigerator in covered container.
    Nutrition Facts
    Whole Berry Cranberry Orange Sauce
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving (1/4 cup))
    Calories 103
    % Daily Value*
    Sodium 1mg0%
    Potassium 68mg2%
    Carbohydrates 26g9%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 22g24%
    Vitamin A 60IU1%
    Vitamin C 13.5mg16%
    Calcium 9mg1%
    Iron 0.1mg1%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    Creamy Lemon Salad Dressing

    This delicious creamy lemon salad dressing is easy to make from scratch in a couple minutes, with only a few pantry ingredients!
    This delicious, creamy lemon salad dressing is easy to make from scratch in a couple minutes, with only a few pantry ingredients!

    I’ve made this salad dressing too many times to count since first receiving it from a parent of a student who attended a school I worked at many years ago.

    Vickie brought a salad for our staff during Teacher Appreciation days and I LOVED the dressing on it.  When I asked her what kind of dressing it was, she told me it was homemade!

    Well, I loved it so much that I asked her for her recipe, and thankfully she was kind enough to give it to me.  In fact I still have her original recipe handwritten on a piece of yellow legal paper.

    The creamy lemon salad dressing compliments a variety of mixed green salads, but the one I enjoy it on most is my recipe for Mixed Greens, Cranberries, Feta and Pecans. Amazing!

    How To Make Creamy Lemon Salad Dressing

    Gather a few simple ingredients from your pantry… you will need a lemon, finely ground black pepper, extra virgin olive oil mayonnaise, and real maple syrup. That’s it!

    Ingredients ready to make creamy lemon salad dressing.

    In a small bowl, combine all ingredients EXCEPT FOR THE MAYONNAISE.  Mix them very well, until fully blended.

    Ingredients for creamy lemon salad dressing are mixed together in small bowl.

    Add mayonnaise to make it a truly creamy lemon salad dressing.

    Mayonnaise is added to ingredients to make it truly a creamy lemon salad dressing.

    Whisk mayonnaise in, until completely blended into dressing.

    Mayonnaise has been whisked into the creamy lemon salad dressing.

    Place creamy lemon salad dressing into a covered, airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve.

    TIP** This dressing can be used right when you are done whisking it together, but if refrigerated for several hours (or longer), the flavors really have time to mingle, and the dressing will have even better flavor!

    Right before serving, give the container a good shake or stir the dressing to re-mix ingredients.

    Creamy Lemon Salad Dressing is stored in covered jar in refrigerator.

    Pour the salad dressing over your favorite green salad, and toss to coat!

    Pouring the creamy lemon salad dressing over a mixed green salad.

    That’s it… see how easy it is to make this yummy, creamy lemon salad dressing?  Hope you have the opportunity to make this, so you can see for yourself just how delicious this dressing is on a mixed green salad!  Have a great day!

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    Recipe Source: Vickie Spracklen

    Creamy Lemon Salad Dressing
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    0 mins
    Total Time
    5 mins
     

    This delicious creamy lemon salad dressing only takes a few pantry ingredients and a couple minutes to make!

    Category: Salad Dressing
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: creamy lemon salad dressing
    Servings: 12 Tablespoons (approx. 3/4 cup)
    Calories Per Serving: 91 kcal
    Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
    Ingredients
    • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
    • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
    • 2 dashes finely ground black pepper
    • 1/4 cup real mayonnaise
    Instructions
    1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine lemon juice, olive oil, maple syrup and finely ground black pepper. Mix or whisk well, to fully blend ingredients.
    2. Add mayonnaise to blended salad dressing. Whisk salad dressing well, until smooth.
    3. Place salad dressing in an airtight, covered container and refrigerate until ready to serve. The longer salad dressing is refrigerated, the better the flavors can develop.
    4. Right before using, give the salad dressing a good stir or shake to re-mix ingredients.
    5. Enjoy this delicious salad dressing!
    Nutrition Facts
    Creamy Lemon Salad Dressing
    Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
    Calories 91 Calories from Fat 72
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 8g12%
    Saturated Fat 1g6%
    Cholesterol 1mg0%
    Sodium 30mg1%
    Potassium 20mg1%
    Carbohydrates 5g2%
    Sugar 4g4%
    Vitamin C 2mg2%
    Calcium 7mg1%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    How To Make Lemon Curd

    Do you know how to make lemon curd?  Tart, sweet, and bursting with flavor, this thick lemon curd tastes great in tarts, on waffles and pancakes, and in many desserts.Check out this easy tutorial on how to make your own lemon curd from scratch! It's a perfect topping or filling for desserts, pancakes, waffles, etc.!
    Years ago, I first tried this thick citrus “sauce” at a breakfast get together at a friends home.  My friend Sandy offered me some of her homemade lemon curd to put on my breakfast waffle. I said okay, which was quickly followed by,  “Sure, but what IS lemon curd?”

    My assumption was that it was like the curds you find in cottage cheese, and it is NOTHING like that. Silly me. This sauce tastes absolutely amazing, and once I tried it, I was hooked!

    The first time I decided to make homemade lemon curd (for a dessert recipe I was making), I assumed it was going to be quite difficult to make. Boy… was I wrong! It was very simple, and the results were fantastic!

    How To Make Lemon Curd

    Place the eggs, egg yolks, and sugar in a small saucepan. Whisk these together well, over medium heat.  Once the ingredients are fully mixed, whisk in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and salt.

    Eggs, sugar, and egg yolks in pan, to begin making lemon curd.

    Add butter to the pan and cook, whisking constantly, until the butter has melted and the curd has thickened. This will take approx. 3-4 minutes, so be patient, and keep stirring!

    IMPORTANT TIP: DO NOT LET THE MIXTURE BOIL! Just keep on whisking, and it will be just fine!

    Butter is melted into eggs and sugar in pan, to make lemon curd.

    Keep on whisking the sauce, until the curd has thickened.

    The lemon curd is continually stirred while cooking, until it thickens.

    Once the lemon curd has thickened, remove the pan from the heat, and let the curd cool to room temperature. While it is cooling, give it a good stir every few minutes.

    Cooling And Storing The Homemade Lemon Curd

    When the lemon curd has cooled to room temp, cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap, and put it in the refrigerator.

    This sauce will need to be well chilled prior to serving (at least 3-4 hours). Lemon curd should be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator, and will keep for up to 5-6 days.

    A spoonful of homemade lemon curd should be nice and thick.

    The sauce is very versatile, and can be used in many recipes, such as lemon tarts, and as a topping for waffles, or used in other desserts!

    I used it in a recipe for Lemon Curd Filled Won Ton Cups! See them in the photo below? Aren’t they cute? Yummy!


    Lemon curd is used to fill these won ton dessert cups.I might also mention that it is hard to not eat this amazing lemon curd right out of the pan with a spoon… just sayin’!  It’s soooo good.  Hope you’ll give it a try. You’re gonna love it!

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    Recipe Source:  http://www.littlemisscelebration.com/2013/06/16/lemon-lime-curd-in-sugared-wonton-cups/

    How To Make Lemon Curd
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    5 mins
    Total Time
    10 mins
     
    Check out this easy tutorial on how to make your own lemon curd from scratch! It's a perfect topping or filling for desserts, pancakes, waffles, etc.
    Category: Dessert Sauce
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: lemon curd
    Servings: 24 Tablespoons (approx. 1½ cups total)
    Calories Per Serving: 55 kcal
    Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
    Ingredients
    • 2 eggs , plus 2 egg yolks
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 8 Tablespoon cold , unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
    • 6 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    Instructions
    1. In a small saucepan (over medium heat), combine eggs, egg yolks, and sugar. Whisk these together well.
    2. Once mixed, whisk in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and the salt.
    3. Add butter to the pan and cook, whisking constantly, until butter has melted and the curd has thickened. This will take approx. 3-4 minutes. DO NOT LET THE MIXTURE BOIL! Just keep on whisking.
    4. Once curd has thickened, remove pan from heat and let the curd cool to room temperature. While curd is cooling, give it a good stir every few minutes. Once lemon curd has cooled to room temp, cover the pan with plastic wrap and put it in refrigerator. The lemon curd will need to be well chilled prior to serving (at least 3-4 hours).
    Nutrition Facts
    How To Make Lemon Curd
    Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
    Calories 55 Calories from Fat 36
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 4g6%
    Saturated Fat 2g13%
    Cholesterol 23mg8%
    Sodium 50mg2%
    Potassium 8mg0%
    Carbohydrates 4g1%
    Sugar 4g4%
    Vitamin A 135IU3%
    Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
    Calcium 3mg0%
    Iron 0.1mg1%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    Homemade Hoisin Sauce

    It’s easy to make homemade Hoisin sauce, a key ingredient in many Asian dishes. Why buy it? Make it in your own kitchen, with only a few ingredients!It's easy to make homemade Hoisin sauce, a key ingredient in many Asian dishes. Why buy it? Make it in your own kitchen, with only a few ingredients!

    Have you ever tried to cook a Chinese dish and need Hoisin Sauce as one of the ingredients, but don’t have any in the pantry?  I’ve been in that situation before, so today I want to share with you how easy it is to make your own Homemade Hoisin Sauce!

    Authentic hoisin sauce is made using soybeans or soybean paste… but… (go figure) I don’t usually have those items hanging around my home.

    This recipe for homemade hoisin sauce is an incredibly close substitute in taste to store-bought (and made without soybeans). I’ve used it many times in my recipes, with great results!

    You can either buy hoisin sauce OR make homemade hoisin sauce!

    I usually buy a “name brand” Hoisin sauce at the grocery store. However, sometimes (especially when cooking a stir fry or another Asian recipe), I find I need just a bit of hoisin sauce, and I’ve run out (even though I THOUGHT I had some in the fridge).

    That’s why I searched for, and found a recipe online for how to make your own hoisin sauce.  It’s very convenient to make a small batch of homemade hoisin sauce, without having to run to the store at the last minute!

    Hoisin sauce is one of the ingredients needed to make Hoisin Asian Meatballs or my Mixed Salad with Hoisin Vinaigrette and Crisp Panko Chicken.

    It’s quite handy to have homemade hoisin sauce in the fridge when I need it!

    What Ingredients Do You Need To Make Homemade Hoisin Sauce?

    Here’s the ingredients necessary to make this homemade hoisin sauce. You will need soy sauce, water, molasses, creamy peanut butter, rice (or white wine) vinegar, garlic powder, hot sauce, and cornstarch.

    The ingredients used to make homemade hoisin sauce.

    How Is Homemade Hoisin Sauce Made?

    To make the hoisin sauce, put all ingredients EXCEPT CORNSTARCH into a small pan.  Heat the ingredients using medium heat, until the peanut butter and the molasses dissolve, and the sauce is smooth.

    Turn up the heat on your stove top to medium-high heat.  Add cornstarch, and whisk ingredients together until all lumps are gone.

    Once the sauce is smooth, turn heat to a simmer, and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes, until the sauce has thickened a bit.

    Cornstarch is whisked into homemade hoisin sauce in pan.

    This is what the homemade hoisin sauce looked like, after it had thickened.  The recipe, as written, will yield about 1/2 cup of hoisin sauce.

    How To Store Homemade Hoisin Sauce

    Be sure to store the hoisin sauce in a covered airtight container in the refrigerator. If sealed properly, the sauce should stay fresh for up to 2 weeks.

    TIP: Once refrigerated, the sauce may thicken even more, so when you get ready to use it, stir it real good before using.

    A spoonful of thick, homemade hoisin sauce.

    That’s it!  See how easy it is to make your own hoisin sauce?

    I love learning how to re-create store bought food items in the comfort of my own kitchen. Knowing how to make items like this homemade hoisin sauce has come in handy more than once! It’s also saved me countless trips to the grocery store “for just one more thing”.

    Have a fantastic day, friends!  Hope you will remember this recipe when you need homemade hoisin sauce for a great Asian meal you are preparing!

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    Recipe Source:  http://www.curiouscuisiniere.com/hoisin-sauce/

    Homemade Hoisin Sauce
    Prep Time
    3 mins
    Cook Time
    2 mins
    Total Time
    5 mins
     
    It's easy to make homemade Hoisin sauce, a key ingredient in many Asian dishes. Why buy it? Make it in your own kitchen, with only a few ingredients!
    Category: Sauce (Asian)
    Cuisine: Asian
    Keyword: hoisin
    Servings: 8 Tablespoons (approx. 1/2 cup sauce total)
    Calories Per Serving: 35 kcal
    Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
    Ingredients
    • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
    • 1 Tablespoon water
    • 2 Tablespoons molasses
    • 1 Tablespoon peanut butter (creamy)
    • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
    • 1 Tablespoon Rice Wine Vinegar (may substitute white wine vinegar)
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce (I used srriracha)
    • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
    Instructions
    1. To make the sauce, put all ingredients EXCEPT CORNSTARCH into a small pan. Heat the ingredients using medium heat, until the peanut butter and molasses dissolve, and sauce is smooth.
    2. Turn up the heat on your stove to medium-high heat. Add cornstarch to sauce; whisk ingredients together until all lumps are gone. Once sauce is smooth, turn heat to a simmer, and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes, until the sauce has thickened a bit.
    3. Sauce can be used immediately on meats or veggies. Store in airtight covered container in refrigerator. When ready to use after refrigeration, give it a good stir, use and enjoy this sauce in a variety of meals.
    Nutrition Facts
    Homemade Hoisin Sauce
    Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
    Calories 35 Calories from Fat 9
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 1g2%
    Sodium 215mg9%
    Potassium 108mg3%
    Carbohydrates 5g2%
    Sugar 4g4%
    Protein 1g2%
    Calcium 10mg1%
    Iron 0.5mg3%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!It's easy to make homemade Hoisin sauce, a key ingredient in many Asian dishes. Why buy it? Make it in your own kitchen, with only a few ingredients!

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