Herbs And Spices Recipes

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With so many spices and herbs recipes to choose from, cooks are spoilt for choice. Explore the world of spices or choose to cook with native Irish herbs. Either way, you’ll cook up a storm with such tasty flavours at your disposal.

Different Ways to Cook with Herbs and Spices

Mexican cuisine: There are many spicy recipes to choose from within the world of Mexican cuisine. If you want to experience the authentic tastes of Mexico, this beef fajita bowl recipe with charred veggies and rice is a good dish to try. Popular Mexican herbs and spices include coriander, cloves, chilli, paprika and annatto.

Indian cuisine: Indian food is one of the most popular choices in Ireland for takeaways. That said, there are many fakeaway recipes you can try at home, including this delicious North Indian prawn curry with quinoa, which demonstrates how to use a dried spice mix alongside a curry paste. Typical Indian spices include cinnamon, turmeric, cumin, fenugreek and cardamoms, among others.

Southern cuisine: Southern spices are often used in Cajun cuisine and throughout the Caribbean. Alongside chilli, cumin and coriander, nutmeg, cayenne pepper and onion powder are often used. If you want to experiment with these flavour combinations, try making a Cajun chicken traybake with broccolini and roast potatoes.

Italian cuisine: Italian herbs and spices are the mainstay of many Mediterranean dishes. Even better, Italian recipes often consist of a fairly simple and quick series of steps that anyone can follow. If you’re looking for an Italian dish with extra zingy flavours, try this spiced beef linguine with balsamic salad recipe. For a vegetarian alternative, take a closer look at lentil ragu linguine with fresh parsley and cheesy topping, an excellent winter warmer.

Tips on Cooking with Native Irish Herbs

Although there is plenty to recommend in the world of spice in international cuisine, there is also a place for the use of traditional Irish herbs. Parsley, rosemary, thyme, garlic, mustard and bay leaves are all widely used in Irish cooking. Of course, salt and pepper are also mainstays of many Irish recipes, too. Read on to find out more about Irish dishes that make use of some of these tasty native Irish herbs.

Pork loin and chips with tender asparagus: This dish is ideal during the asparagus season, which, in Ireland, typically starts in late April or May. This pork loin and rosemary chips recipe calls for 10 grams of rosemary, plus garlic, salt and pepper. You can use freeze-dried or fresh rosemary. Either way, it is delicious!

Crusted hake with roast carrots and potatoes: This tasty fish recipe with parsley highlights the attractive flavour of the herb when served with potatoes. Parsley works well with numerous vegetables, as well as fish, offering a vibrant green colour that makes any mealtime more visually appealing.

Irish sirloin steak with veggies and potato wedges: Featuring mustard, garlic, salt and pepper, this Irish favourite is a dish that would work well at a dinner party or for a Sunday lunch for one, without the need to roast a joint. The rich mustard sauce is made extra flavoursome by the addition of tangy apple cider.

Herbs and Spices Recipe FAQs

What herbs and spices go with beef?

Bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, sage and oregano are all ideal herbs to serve with beef. Spices that work well with red meat include black pepper and mustard powder. For a spicier dish, add chilli, cumin, turmeric or cayenne pepper.

What herbs and spices go with salmon?

Parsley, tarragon, thyme, fennel and basil all work well with both fresh and smoked salmon. Many fish dishes call for dill, a superb salmon accompaniment, too.

What herbs and spices go with chicken?

A spicy chicken dish served with rice works well with Indian spices, such as cumin or coriander seeds, while Mexican herbs, such as thyme, work well with chilli heat. Traditional chicken herbs in Ireland include rosemary, parsley and sage.

What herbs and spices go with lamb?

Rosemary is a traditional herb that goes well with lamb joints as well as cutlets. Mint is also a favourite herb to go with lamb, especially when made into a sauce to accompany the meat.

How to dry herbs?

You can dry herbs in the sun by simply leaving them out. However, it is quicker to bake them on a baking tray at medium heat for about 20 minutes.

What spices are in a spice bag?

Irish spice bags, as sold at numerous takeaway outlets in the country, have different recipes. Most, however, contain a combination of paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, chilli and cayenne pepper.

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