Herbes de Provence
de Provence is a classic French blend of many naturally-grown plants
with a notable element of thyme and hints of lavender.
The various combinations are added to a wide range of dishes that include soups, sauces, and stews. They are also used as a coating for fish and potatoes before grilling.
Varieties and Buying Tips
Herbes de Provence is typically sold in bags or containers that will range in size and contents. The traditional mixture is thyme, summer savory, lavender, basil, rosemary, and marjoram. (Thyme is the dominant herb while lavender adds a unique fragrance.)
Freshly dried herbs are recommended if available. Otherwise, jarred varieties can be used, but they will not yield the same flavors.
Treat as any herb – store in airtight container in a cool, dry place.
The most basic combination can be made at home with:
• 4 parts thyme
• 4 parts summer savory
• 2 parts lavender
• 1 part rosemary
Herbes de Provence is not typically used as a garnish, but should be added during the cooking process.
• If fresh herbs are available, create a blend and add directly to any food on the grill.
• Sprinkle on pizza before baking.