Greek seasoning is a blend commonly available in most grocery stores. Blending your own seasoning mixture allows you to use fresh, high-quality herbs, spices and seasonings, and you can adjust the levels to suit your preferences. Use the versatile blend to add robust flavor to any dish, including meat, salads, casseroles or soups.
Oregano is the primary herb used in Greek seasoning, but don't overdo it: Oregano is pungent, and too much can overpower a dish. You can also use Mediterranean oregano, which is milder than typical Mexican oregano but may be more difficult to find. As a general rule, use approximately twice as much oregano as other herbs, such as thyme, basil and dried parsley, depending on personal preference. Rosemary and marjoram are often added in much smaller quantities. If you like, add a tiny pinch of ground, dried mint.
Black pepper is a standard ingredient in Greek seasoning, and it's usually added at a rate of about one part pepper to two parts oregano. Use regular black pepper, grind fresh black peppercorns, or substitute white pepper if you prefer a milder flavor. Other spices include cinnamon and nutmeg, which add a mild, sweet flavor to Greek seasoning. Usually, they are added in small amounts -- no more than about one-fourth the amount of oregano.
Most seasoning blends include salt in relatively equal amounts to oregano, but you can adjust the amounts depending on your taste for salty seasonings. Onion powder, garlic powder and beef bouillon granules, used in slightly smaller amounts, are optional.
You can quickly blend the Greek seasoning ingredients in a blender or food processor. Pulse the mixture, stopping occasionally to scrape the sides of the container. Alternatively, whisk the ingredients in a small bowl until they are thoroughly mixed. Store the Greek seasoning in an airtight container. The seasoning retains its quality for up to a year.
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- McCormick: Gourmet: Spices and Flavors: Greek Seasoning
- The Deluxe Food Lover's Companion; Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst
- The Kitchn: How to Make Your Own Taco Seasoning