Seasoning salts are all the rage these days and can be pretty pricey in the shops so why not make your own? My recipe for Mediterranean seasoning salt brings together all the gorgeous flavours of the Mediterranean with sea salt to make the perfect kitchen condiment to add to your cooking.
Packed with flavour this Mediterranean seasoning salt makes the perfect foodie gift. Something that is tasty, useful and lasts for ages. Ticks all the boxes for me. Pop a jar into your Christmas hampers with a little card saying how to use it.
It is one of those foodie gifts that you can even get the kids to make, perfect for them to make their own little hampers for Grannie, Aunties etc and don’t forget some male relatives can even enter the realm of the kitchen too!
Only one word of warning for kids is using the dried chilli flakes, make sure they wash their hands thoroughly after touching them. Don’t want any nasty stinging incidents, ouch!
One of the ingredients in these salts is dried orange peel. This is really easy to make. All you need to do is peel off a strip of orange peel (unwaxed orange please or just scrub a normal orange in hot soapy water, rinse thoroughly and dry) avoiding as much of the bitter white pith as possible, chop finely and set on some kitchen roll in a warm place (above a radiator, airing cupboard etc) over night to dry completely.
The other ingredients for these Mediterranean seasoning salts are all very probably in your store cupboard already and if not are easy to find in the shops.
You will need sea salt crystals, dried sage, fennel seeds, dried rosemary, dried thyme, dried oregano, garlic granules, dried crushed chilli flakes and black peppercorns.
Other requirements are a large bowl to mix everything in and small sterilised jars to pack your Mediterranean seasoning salts in.
You can use these salt in salad dressings, just as a normal salt seasoning, when roasting veggies or meats (especially pork, lamb and chicken) and in salad dressings too.
That’s it, no cooking involved, another easy foodie gift for friends and family at Christmas.
MEDITERRANEAN SEASONING SALT
- 500 g sea salt crystals
- 1 tsp dried sage
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp peppercorns
- 1 tsp dried crushed chilli
- 1 tsp dried orange peel chopped
- 1 tsp garlic granules
- To make the dried orange peel simply grate about ¼ of an orange on to kitchen paper and set aside above a radiator to dry out overnight
- Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and pack into sterilised jars with grinder tops
- Use on salads, in vinegrettes and dressings, on veggies for roasting and with chicken and other meats when roasting or grilling