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What are the ingredients in herbes de Provence?

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The basic ingredients for herbes de Provence are thyme, savory, oregano, rosemary and marjoram. Some recipes also call for fennel seed, basil, bay powder, tarragon, parsley or dried lavender flowers. Herbes de Provence combine well with olive oil, and cooks can brush the mixture over chicken, pork, veal or fish while grilling or roasting. The mixture is also useful in marinades, salad dressings and stuffings.

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One recipe for herbes de Provence, using the basic ingredients, is to combine 3 tablespoons dried thyme, 2 tablespoons dried savory, 1 tablespoon dried oregano, 3 teaspoons dried rosemary and 2 teaspoons dried marjoram. This recipe also gives the option of adding in 1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers. After mixing the spices, store the mixture in an airtight container at room temperature. Another recipe calls for combining 2 tablespoons of all of the basic ingredients with 2 tablespoons of dried fennel seed.

A recipe for herbes de Provence that uses a lot more than the basic ingredients calls for grinding together 2 tablespoons dried rosemary and 1 tablespoon fennel seed in a spice grinder. Combine 2 tablespoons of dried savory, thyme, basil, marjoram, lavender flowers and Italian parsley. Add in 1 tablespoon dried oregano, 1 tablespoon dried tarragon and 1 teaspoon bay powder. Stir in the rosemary and fennel mixture, and store the spice mixture in an airtight container.

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