It is always tempting to buy pre-made seasoning mixes when preparing whole pieces of meat or fish. However, instead of using a pre-made mix the next time you cook a turkey, why not make your own mixture with this quick and easy recipe?
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Presented with an array of poultry seasoning mixes in the grocery store, it is easy to be tricked into thinking that they have been made using some kind of magic formula that will enhance your dish in a way that you could never achieve on your own.
However, this could not be further from the truth; most of the pre-made seasoning mixes that you can buy contain a very simple list of ingredients that you probably already have lying around your kitchen.
There is no magic trick behind taking these common pantry ingredients and combining them to make a delicious seasoning mix.
You can even make large batches of your favorite seasonings and store them in a reusable jar ready for quick weeknight meals.
Plus, any seasoning mix you make at home is going to taste a hundred times better than anything you could ever buy in a store. Once you have made this turkey seasoning, you will never look back.
Turkey Seasoning Ingredients
Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.
• Onion powder
• Celery Salt
• Black pepper
How To Make Turkey Seasoning
• Combine all of the ingredients and mix well
• Store in a glass, airtight jar, shaking before using
Should You Use Dry Or Fresh Herbs?
Almost all recipes will advocate the use of fresh herbs whenever possible. Unsurprisingly, fresh herbs have a much more robust flavor, making them the better option in almost all cases. Fresh herbs also provide much more in the way of aroma, which can really enhance certain recipes.
However, there are those few times when using dried herbs can actually work better. When making seasoning mixes like this turkey seasoning, the uniform texture that dried herbs offer helps the whole thing to come together.
Dried herbs also break apart easily, allowing the different herbs and spices to come together as one. The fine powdery texture of the seasoning blend can then be easily applied to your turkey and ensures a smooth and full coverage. This is much harder to achieve when using fresh herbs that have not been ground down to such a fine texture.
However, You can still use fresh herbs to make this turkey seasoning, and it will still turn out delicious. Just keep in mind that the fresh herbs will have more water in them and might not hold up well to long-term storage.
Regardless, if you are lucky enough to have a herb garden or have some fresh herbs wasting away in the fridge, definitely try this recipe out with them. The texture might not turn out quite so uniform, but the brighter flavor will almost certainly make up for this.
Can You Use This Seasoning On Other Proteins?
This turkey seasoning blend is so delicious that it would be a shame to limit its use to just the one type of meat. Luckily this seasoning mix can also be used on other proteins so that you do not have to wait until turkey season to enjoy it.
It is no great surprise that you can use this turkey seasoning on chicken or any other kind of poultry. Whether roasting a whole chicken or frying up some chicken wings, add this seasoning blend to create a flavor-packed meal.
Turkey and chicken are similar in many ways, and this means that seasons that work well with one usually work just as well with the other. But what about other meats and fish?
The combination of rosemary, sage, and onion within the seasoning pair perfectly with pork, just as well as it does with turkey. Why not try using this seasoning blend on pork chops or roasted pork dishes instead of just a simple salt and pepper rub?
You could also try using this blend of herbs and spices on whole fish. The parsley and pepper will shine through when applied to fish such as bass, cod, and other white fish that work well with simple flavorings.
The great thing about making your own seasoning blends is that they are relatively cheap to make and can be kept for ages when stored correctly. So, why not make a huge batch of this turkey seasoning and have some fun trying it out on different dishes to see what you can create?
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- Prep Time
- 5 minutes
- Karlynn Johnston
- 1/2 cup parsley (dried)
- 4 Tablespoons sage (dried rubbed or crushed)
- 2 Tablespoon rosemary (dried and chopped)
- 2 Tablespoon marjoram (dried)
- 2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon celery salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Combine all the ingredients and mix well.
- Place into glass airtight jar, and shake before using.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.