6 DIY Spice Blends for Meats, Veggies, Dips, and More

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6 DIY Spice Blends for Meats, Veggies, Dips, and More

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October 1 2020

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It's all about the seasoning. Mix up these homemade spice blends that are perfect for meat, veggies, dips, and so much more! Pro tip: Toasting the spices over low heat until fragrant brings out a complex of flavors. Once your blends are made, store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.

  1. Autumn Blend

    Combine 2 tablespoons Hy-Vee dried rosemary leaves, 2 tablespoons Hy-Vee ground cumin, 2 tablespoons ground coriander, 2 teaspoons Hy-Vee ground cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon Hy-Vee salt. Makes about 8 tablespoons.

    Use it on: Oven-roasted veggies (carrots, parsnips, butternut squash, potatoes), stews, roasted chicken, or baked or poached apples or pears.

  2. Maple-Spice Blend

    Combine 3 tablespoons cinnamon-maple seasoning, 2 teaspoons Hy-Vee ground ginger, 2 teaspoons Hy-Vee ground nutmeg, and 1 teaspoon ground cardamom. Makes 4-1/2 tablespoons.

    Use it on: Roasted squash, sweet potatoes, or pears, Or use it to flavor a ham glaze, cinnamon rolls, quick breads, or cookies. Or slightly dust a coffee drink or whipped cream. 

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  3. Ranch Spice Blend

    Combine 2 tablespoons Hy-Vee parsley flakes, 2 teaspoons Hy-Vee dill weed, 2 teaspoons Hy-Vee garlic powder, 2 teaspoons That's Smart! onion powder, and 1/4 teaspoon Hy-Vee salt. Makes 4 tablespoons.

    Use it on: Buttered popcorn, mashed potatoes, chicken salad, avocado toast, fries, or pizza. Or stir into crumb coatings or Greek yogurt for a veggie dip.

  4. Mediterranean Herb Blend

    Combine 1 tablespoon Hy-Vee dried thyme leaves, 1 tablespoon Hy-Vee dried sweet basil, 1 tablespoon Hy-Vee dried oregano, 1 tablespoon dried leaf sage, and 1/2 teaspoon Hy-Vee salt. Makes 4 tablespoons.

    Use it on: Grilled fish, poultry, pork, vegetables, pasta, pizza, or bread. Or add to soups, tomato-based pasta sauce, or salad dressing.

  5. All-Purpose Blend

    Combine 3 tablespoons Hy-Vee chili powder, 2 tablespoons That's Smart! dried minced onion, 1 tablespoon Hy-Vee dried oregano leaves, 1 tablespoon Hy-Vee ground cumin, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Makes 7-1/2 tablespoons. 

    Use it on: Steak, pork ribs, burgers, pork tenderloin, BBQ sauces, corn on the cob, chili and stews, enchiladas, tacos, or roasted root vegetables. 

  6. Smoky Spice Blend

    Combine 3 tablespoon smoked paprika, 1 tablespoon Hy-Vee garlic powder, 2 teaspoons Hy-Vee cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon Hy-Vee cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon crushed celery seed, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon Hy-Vee ground black pepper. Makes 5-1/2 tablespoons.

    Use it on: Meat or poultry as a dry rub, shrimp, vegetables, or oven-roasted nuts. Or stir into hearty sauces, chilis, stews, or hummus.

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