Spicing up our lives is always fun, but do you actually play with spices very often? Do you ever wonder if you mix a little bit of paprika with a little bit of garlic salt what you will get? Or are you like me? Discovering precious spices in the pantry long forgotten and neglected. I won’t lie, I’ve probably tossed out more expired exotic spices than I have actually used over the years. Which is sad because I adore spice mixes. Especially wonderful flavor combinations that have been premixed for you. Yet those eventually run out.
During the holidays my Aunt Donna gifted me with some unique spices mixes. Unfortunately there isn’t a brand name anywhere on the boxes. So when the spices are all gone I won’t know where buy more. I could ask Aunt Donna, but where’s the fun in that? I would rather figure out their flavor combinations on my own. That way I can put my spice cabinet to good use, rather than hoarding crystallized garlic salt and gray odorless herbs until the end of time. When Blaine and I were cooking last week we used some of the Greek Spice Mix on our pork tenderloin and it was scrumptious. This is one mix that I want to keep handy from now on.
First I needed to figure out some of the ingredients. The box did list the spices used in each mix, but not specifically. Onion could have been salt or chopped. Garlic could have gone either way as well. To be honest it was just plain fun digging around and putting a name to a shape or flavor.
Playing with spices is like holding an aromatic rainbow in your hand. I’ve always been intrigued by the history of spices but I do believe that combining them together, creating something distinctive is unparalleled.
After tinkering around a bit I’m pretty sure that I got as close as I could with my stock of McCormick spices. My recreated Greek Seasoning Mix is in the bottle. The one Aunt Donna bought me is in the bowl. Pretty close wouldn’t you say?
Looks and taste the same to me guys. Now I don’t know why the company labeled their mix Greek, seeing as how turmeric is used in South East Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine. Since I mimicked their Greek Spice I suppose I’ll use Greek as well. Unless one of you guys can come up with a nifty new name for this spice mix?
What spice creations have you come up with lately?
By the way, this is not a sponsored post. I just happen to purchase McCormick spices frequently when I’m at the grocery store.
Greek Seasoning Mix- Makes Approx. 5 teaspoons
Sweet Paprika-3 tablespoons
Sea Salt-1/2 teaspoon
Chopped Onion-1/2 teaspoon
Coriander Seed-1/2 teaspoon
Garlic Salt-1/2 teaspoon
Black Peppercorns-1/2 teaspoon
Minced Garlic-1/4 teaspoon
Crushed Red Pepper-1/4 teaspoon
Dark Chili powder-1/4 teaspoon
Mediterranean Oregano-1/4 teaspoon
Combine thoroughly and store for up to two weeks in a sealed container.
Taste terrific on pork and poultry.