I love annual harvest festivals. Farmers and vendors from all over the state gather to sell their goods to people like me who don’t have the magical green thumb required to produce such wonderful produce. They always offer so many specialty items along with the fresh produce, herbs, cheeses and meat products, too. Not to mention that the vendors usually offer samples of their delicious creations. So, while you explore the festival, you can usually sample enough items to make a lunch out of it.
About 6 or 7 years ago I stopped by the local harvest festival and found a vendor selling herbs. I was looking for saffron for a bread I will share with you at a later date. They didn’t have the saffron, but they did have a variety of other herbs on display in cute gift jars. They also had a separate display of their own blend of herbs. They offered pretzels to their visitors to sample the herb blend mixed with cream cheese. Well, I could have stood there all afternoon enjoying that concoction. But, instead, I purchased a large jar for myself and few smaller packets with salad dressing jars to use as holiday gifts then continued my quest for the saffron.
Over the course of the next few months, I found many uses for this blend. It has a bit of an Italian seasoning flair, so it goes great in marinara sauce, added to soups, salad dressings and to butter or cream cheese for delicious spreads. You can add it to some oil and vinegar and drizzle it as a condiment for Italian hoagies…or maybe you call them subs. No matter what you call those delicious sandwiches, this condiment is yummy on them.
So, when I started to run out of the blend from the harvest festival, I became very stingy with the remaining portions and decided to use it sparingly until the next harvest festival, so I could replenish my stock. Well, much to my dismay, none of the vendors at this particular festival sold anything like it. I didn’t keep the bag or the tag from the jar with the company name. I have looked for it everywhere, with no luck. Since I have no idea where to get it now, I had to get inventive and try to re-create the blend.
Well, after many batches of cream cheese and herb spread, I have a version that is similar to what I was trying to re-create. Even though it is still slightly different, this medley adds a little pizzazz to many dishes. It has many uses and is good on many things, hence the name, Jack of all Herbs Medley. The recipe is below along with some of my favorite uses.
Jack Of All Herbs Medley
This medley is a re-creation of a blend I can no longer find to purchase. It's slightly different but is still a nice addition to many dishes.
All of the ingredients used in this recipe are dried; although you could use fresh herbs. Just keep in mind that one teaspoon of dried herbs equal 1 tablespoon of fresh, chopped herbs. 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder is the equivalent of 1 medium clove of garlic. 2 teaspoons of onion powder is approximately 1/2 a medium onion.
- 2 tbsp chives
- 4 tsp parsley
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp orange peel
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 2 tsp oregano
- 2 tsp basil
- 2 tsp sesame seeds
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp rosemary
- 1 tsp marjoram
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp sage
Thoroughly mix all ingredients and store in an air tight container or jar.
Now that you have combined all the ingredients, why not try one of these?
Jack of all Herbs Medley and Cream Cheese Dip
This recipe will work as a dip for your favorite chips or pretzels or as a spread for crackers.
- 1 tbsp Herb Medley
- 1 8 oz package cream cheese softened
- 1/4 cup mayonaisse
- 1/4 cup sour cream
Mix all ingredients until well blended. Refrigerate for at least one hour. For best results, make one day ahead to give the flavors optimal mingling time.
Jack of all Herbs Medley Bread Dipping Oil
This herb blend is perfect for adding to olive oil in place of butter for your dinner rolls.
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- pinch Herb Medley
- pinch salt
Mix ingredients until well blended.
Jack of all Herbs Medley Butter
Excellent substitution for garlic butter for use on Texas Toast or Italian Bread.
- 1/2 cup salted butter softened
- 1 tsp Herb Medley
Mix the ingredients until well blended. Serve in place of butter for dinner rolls or in place of garlic butter for garlic bread.
Jack of all Herbs Medley Salad Dressing
A great substitution for Italian dressing. Use as a salad dressing or veggie dip.
- 6 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp vinegar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp herb mix
Mix all ingredients in a jar, seel tightly and shake until well blended. Shake well before each use.
Hoagies or submarines? What do you call them? Let me know in the comments below along with where you are from.