Homemade Spice Blends

I like to cook using a variety of spices, and while I certainly do not always stick to specific spice combinations, I have found that making spice blends that I tend to use often can be of great convenience. These pre-made spice blends save time and take some of the guesswork out of cooking.

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For each spice blend combine all of the ingredients and mix well, if using whole seeds or dried herbs you can use a mortar and pestle to finely grind down the ingredients. Add each blend to its own small container on your spice rack for easy access.

Dukkah Spice: this spice blend is traditionally used in Egypt, and is a fantastic mix for most savory dishes. I love adding this spice mixture to fish and meat, or dusted on vegetables for roasting.

1 tablespoon coriander seeds, 1 tablespoon sumac, 1 tablespoon fennel seeds, 1/2 tablespoon cumin, 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, 1 tablespoon crushed hazelnuts.

Italian Seasoning: of course this spice blend can be used in a great variety of both Italian and non Italian dishes. This versatile seasoning is great for pasta and meat dishes, or even with just some olive oil and bread.

1 tablespoon thyme, 1 tablespoon oregano, 1 tablespoon rosemary, 1 tablespoon basil, 2 teaspoons black pepper.

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Spicy Dry Rub: this rub has just a hint of sweetness and a powerful punch of spice, making it a fantastic blend for meats such as ribs and poultry.

1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 tablespoon paprika, 1 tablespoon salt, 1/2 tablespoon cayenne, 1/2 tablespoon mustard seeds, 1 1/4 teaspoons brown sugar, 2 teaspoons ginger, 2 teaspoons cumin.

Pie Spice: this spice blend can be used in many desserts such as cookies, apple pie, and pumpkin pie. A pinch of it can add deep flavor to a latte or hot cider, and in small doses can be used on savory dishes as well.

2 tablespoons cinnamon, 1 tablespoon ginger, 1 tablespoon nutmeg, 1/2 tablespoon allspice, 1/2 tablespoon cloves, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar.

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One Comment on “Homemade Spice Blends”

  1. […] For the apple compote: 3 large apples peeled and cubed (I like to use 3 different kinds of apples to combine sweet, tart, and sour), 1/3 cup raw sugar, 2 tablespoons water, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 small sprig cinnamon, 1 tablespoon pie spice. […]


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