Friday, April 27, 2007

Dry Seasoning Mixes

The store bought packages are expensive, a pain to find and full of sodium and preservatives. Here is what I have found and liked so far-and you can change them to suit your families tastes-hotter, more garlic, etc.

Taco Seasoning Mix

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup dried onion flakes
  • 4 teaspoons dried minced garlic
  • 1 cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons teaspoons salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a jar with a tight fitting lid, combine ingredients. Close lid securely, and shake well to mix contents. One half cup is equivalent to 1 (1.25 ounce) package of taco seasoning.

Perfect Pizza Sauce

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 6 ounces warm water
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste (optional)
Dry ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons onion powder
  • 8 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried marjoram
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried red pepper flakes
  • salt to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix the dry ingredients in a container. Cover and store.
  2. When you are ready to make the sauce, combine the tomato paste, water, honey, Parmesan and anchovy paste (I've never used it) and 1/4 cup of the dry ingredient mixture.
  3. Sauce should sit for 30 minutes to blend flavors; spread over pizza dough and prepare pizza as desired-good stuff!

Spaghetti Sauce Mix

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup dried minced onion
  • 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons sweet pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 cup Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced garlic
  • ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine the first eight ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 1 year.

To prepare spaghetti sauce: In a skillet, brown beef; drain. Stir in 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce mix, water and tomato paste. Bring to a boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Yield: about 3 cups sauce per batch.

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