If you can't actually make it to Provence this summer, cooking up dishes filled with the flavors of Provence is the next best thing. Even just a sprinkling of herbes de Provence is enough to transport you to directly to the French countryside, minus the airfare.
What Is Herbes de Provence?
Taste: Sweet, woody
Most Popular Use: Meat, poultry, vegetables
Herbes de Provence is a seasoning blend featuring many of the herbs that grow most abundantly in southern France and that correspondingly get used in a lot of the cooking from that region. The blends are typically made from dried herbs and are meant to be an easy short-cut for seasoning dishes.
Which herbs get used and their exact ratio depends on the recipe and the cook, but the most basic blends include savory, rosemary, marjoram, and thyme. Lavender buds are also frequently added, and some blends include fennel seeds, sage, tarragon, and even citrus zest.
How To Use Herbes de Provence
Either in a marinade or as a dried rub, herbes de provence make a great seasoning for grilled meats, fish, and vegetables. We also frequently use this blend to season oven-roasted chicken. Also try adding a few pinches to a salad vinaigrette or combining the herbs with good olive oil to make a dipping sauce for fresh bread.