You know what I mean. It's almost Thanksgiving in the U.S., and everywhere is coming up on the Yule/Christmas season. And you know what happens at this time of year. You have to buy something. Something that you've lost over the past year, because you only use it once or twice a year.
Know what I'm talking about? No, because I'm being ridiculously ambiguous. I'm funny that way.
Poultry Seasoning. (DA-DA-DUM)
Yes. That's right. We only use it a couple times a year, and then it sadly gets relegated to the back of the spice cupboard, never to be seen again. Or at least, never to be seen until 2 days after you bought a new jar. I remember helping my friend pack up to move once, we found three (3!) jars in her spice cupboard. So here it is, a list of 15 things to do with all that poultry seasoning. First, though, what is poultry seasoning? If we know what it is made of, can we use it in more places? Yes. Every brand will be different, you will have to check your own bottle. My favorite calls for marjoram, savory, thyme, black pepper and sage. All the mixes are fairly similar, so no worries if yours has a few more or less ingredients.
1. Add to your Saturday morning hash browns.
2. Make stuffing. Not just Thanksgiving or Holiday turkey, though. Make stuffing for stuffed chicken breasts, stuffed pork chops, or on top of a casserole any night of the year!
3. Barbecue Chicken. Yes, that's right. Marinate chicken in a mixture of beer, vinegar, black pepper, salt, and poultry seasoning. Refrigerate overnight.
4. Mix with rice that has been cooked with chicken broth instead of water. Makes rice taste like roast chicken!
5. Add a teaspoon to meatloaf. It gives it an interesting (but good!) flavor.
6. Add a teaspoon or two to your next pot of chicken noodle soup. It gives it a wonderful flavor, it sort of sticks to the noodles.
7. If you make your own spice rub for pork, add about 1/2 a teaspoon of poultry seasoning. It gives a great flavor to pork.
8. Turkey or chicken stew. I love my chicken stew.
9. While this one is sort of the same as number one, it's a different take. For your next anniversary or at home date night, roast some Cornish game hens. Just do it the same way you would a regular bird, just less time. It tastes wonderful with a rice stuffing as well. (Perhaps the rice from #4? Hmmm...)
10. Add some to cornbread, especially if said cornbread is going to be served with fried chicken and gravy.
11. Make your own sausage patties. Find a great recipe here!
12. A teaspoon tastes great in pumpkin soup.
13. Three Words. Chicken. Pot. Pie.
14. Cheese-Beer Bread. Need I say more? Recipe here., and instructions for making your own self-rising flour on About.com.
15. Anytime you make fried chicken, chicken fingers, etc., add some poultry seasoning to your flour for breading. A great mix is pepper, poultry seasoning, dill and onion powder.
And there you have it. 15 things to do with that poultry seasoning, other than roasting a turkey! Hope it works well for you. If you have any suggestions, feel free to comment them!
*NOTE* I have not personally tried the recipes I've linked here today. They are, however, on my list of recipes to try! It's a very long list. I'll get there eventually.
*ANOTHER NOTE* Sorry about the lack of pictures. The SD card I got yesterday from my wonderfully generous friend Tiff didn't fit in my camera. Hopefully tonight I'll be able to go get another one.