Recipe: Sweet Italian Seasoning

Readers of the blog, welcome to my latest seasoning obsession.  This make-your-own blend combines some of my favorite flavors that results in a totally crave-able powder that you will want to sprinkle on foods with wild abandon.  Fennel seeds, dried rosemary, cumin, and coriander seeds all combine into a beautiful blend that’s herbaceous, slightly sweet and licorice forward, with a lightly earthy bite that makes everything it touches taste like an Italian sausage.  Perfect for pizzas, pasta, lentils and beans, roasted veggies, tomatoes – honestly, I sprinkled a little on some cantaloupe the other day and even that was great.  This seasoning is my go-to blend and my current flavor addiction, plus it’s super easy to make and stores well in a plastic bag for multiple uses.  It handles heat well too – no need to worry about this burning on a pizza at high temps.  Whip some up to bring new life to your spice cabinet!

Want a little riff on this?  Add some crushed red pepper flakes to the mix for a Hot Italian Seasoning.  You’ll thank me.

Recipe down below, photo up top!

Sweet Italian Seasoning

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 2 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds

Method:

  1. Add all ingredients to a spice grinder (an old coffee grinder will work great here), small food processor, or mortar and pestle.  Grind the spices until they are fully incorporated into a fine powder.
  2. Sprinkle desired amount of the seasoning blend on food of choice.  Enjoy!
  3. Store excess in a sealed plastic bag or airtight container with as much air removed as possible for optimum freshness.

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