Not quite the same as an Italian spice blend, this Tuscan Spice Mix not only has the flavors of Tuscany, but has a kick with some crushed red pepper.
There are so many different types of pre-made spice mixes out there. While they taste good, I want to know what’s in them so I can make them at home. They’re sometimes not so cheap to purchase and you don’t really know how fresh the ingredients are in that little jar.
While I trust the more mainstream brands, I don’t trust the grocery to keep the stock rotated well and sometimes you just can’t tell how long it’s been sitting on the shelf. Some jars have dates on them, but still…
So, when I saw a jar of this on the shelf I was determined to research and find what makes up a “Tuscany” spice blend. Searches will give you millions of results. I started with wiki to see what flavors are typical of Tuscany and just ran with it.
Looks pretty tasty, doesn’t it? Well, it is. I’ve already used it in the crumb mixture for the Roasted Beet and Crispy Goat Cheese Salad. If you haven’t read that post, why not? Go. Read it now. I’ll wait.
See? I told you it looked amazing! And it does taste delicious. I will be using it soon for another upcoming recipe. So, yeah. You’ll have to just drop back by and see what it is.
While the initial cost of spice mixes is a bit high, there’s not one herb or spice that I have purchased that can only be used in one type of spice mix. And it’s not like there’s a really expensive ingredient that’s used in any of these blends.
So, I suggest you whip up a batch of this and plan on using it with my crispy goat cheese and other recipes I have up my sleeve. Oh, and it’s also tasty over roasted chicken. Just sayin…