One of the most common ways to season and flavor our dishes and stews is to use aromatic herbs, but do we know them well? Do we know how to use them? Today I tell you what are the nine aromatic herbs that you cannot miss in your pantry indicating in which dishes you can use them, and their characteristics or properties.
Of course, the list could be much longer, -as well as adding all the herbs on the market one by one-, but I think With these nine, we will be able to cover most of the usual dishes and stews in Spanish cuisine. and we can always publish other complementary lists later.
The 9 aromatic herbs that cannot be missing in your pantry
Parsley is one of the symbols of our cuisine. The garlic and parsley combination is ideal for our stews, and the sprig of parsley placed on the plate is a classic of the presentations of our most classic recipes. It is an essential ingredient in green sauce or pickled anchovies.
There are some varieties of parsley such as chervil -with an anise touch- or curly parsley, -less aromatic but more decorative- that are very interesting. Regarding its characteristics, parsley has diuretic properties And as it is also an antioxidant, we can use it to prevent food from oxidizing, such as artichokes.
Hated by some and loved by others, coriander is a aromatic very rich in vitamins, which helps eliminate gases and improves digestion. Its powerful flavor is highly appreciated in Asian and Latin American cuisines.
His leaf reminiscent of parsley but its aroma is unmistakable. When it is in seed phase, it is often called coriander, being a spicy spice. Here you can learn how to use coriander in the kitchen.
Basil is a very herb characteristic of Italian cuisine in which it is used to make pizzas and pasta sauces. It is also very good to flavor meat dishes such as pork tenderloin with basil or to give an impressive taste to impressive tomato salads like this one.
It is easy to grow at home and there are different varieties large and small leaf or with flavors reminiscent of lemon or mint or add a touch of spice. It can also be found dry and chopped, being an ingredient that is always convenient to have in the pantry.
This herb, with a sweeter taste than its “cousin” mint, It is usually differentiated from this one by the grid of its leaves, unlike the lines that those of mint have. Its sweet flavor is excellent for making sauces, pestos, and to flavor spoon dishes.
A leaf in a soup, absolutely changes the flavor of the dish. It is also classic to use it in Vietnamese rolls -similar to the Chinese ones but wrapped in a lettuce bud leaf with a mint leaf inside.
It is an essential ingredient in the Cuban mojito recipe and due to its digestive and analgesic properties it is advisable to add a few leaves in the salads and vegetable dishes. You will be surprised by its aromatic contribution.
Do not confuse mint with peppermint. Although they are similar plants and relatives, mint has an unmistakable spicy aroma, similar to pepper, and contains the classic menthol flavor that goes so well with mashed potatoes and other dishes such as baby beans and other legumes.
In English, mint is known as pepper-mint or peppermint and is very healthy for the digestive system. It is excellent to do infusions like pennyroyal-mint and sauces like the one we use for these lamb chops that were so successful.
It is maybe my favorite aromatic. Its penetrating flavor is essential in pasta and pizza recipes, although it is perfect for seasoning almost any meat recipe. Contains manganese and vitamin K so it is also good nutritionally.
With this herb we prepare an original Mediterranean sesame bread, which I am frequently asked at home to repeat. It is so rich and appreciated that it is part of our proverb that reminds us that Not the whole mountain is oregano, alluding to the difficulty in finding it.
With an unmistakable aroma and a lot of nutritional virtues, dill is ideal for fish recipes, especially those that contain Norwegian salmon among their ingredients. With this herb we can make light marinades and sauces like the one we use in these salmon meatballs with dill sauce.
For his powerful flavor, it is enough with one or two very chopped twigs to flavor any fish or seafood dish, but also game meats do very well like wild boar, roe deer or hare.
It is a classic ingredient of our kitchen, especially when making traditional roasts such as roast lamb or kid, which take on a delicious flavor with this herb. Essential for meat stews, it is also very rich in other preparations such as thyme sorbet, with a surprising flavor. Have you already tried it?
Rosemary works very well in the kitchen, being common in lamb recipes. It is also a common ingredient even in paella, which it flavors by leaving a sprig on top shortly before serving. With this herb with a powerful aroma, we can make many traditional dishes, from roast chicken to fish such as cod, since all of them gain a lot from this herb.
Rosemary also contributes a delicious taste of potatoes, as in this recipe for special rosemary potatoes for meat, ideal to serve as a garnish for practically any dish that contains this ingredient, whether it is stewed or roasted meat. You have to prepare these potatoes yes or yes.
Other essential aromatic herbs such as fennel, tarragon, sage, chives and many others that we will talk about in future installments. Anyway, with these nine aromatic herbs that cannot be missing in your pantry, you have more than enough to spice up our most common recipes.
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