Herbs and spices are possibly the most important elements in making any dish shine, or really taste good in general. There are hundreds of varieties, and each type of cuisine has its own flavors, created through spices and herbs. As a chef, it’s important to be familiar with the most-used spices and what types of things you can make with them.
Here‘s a great comprehensive list of basically every spice, herb and blend you can imagine and what it tastes like.
Let’s look at a couple of dishes that involve blending and using herbs and spices:
- Garlic Rosemary Pork Tenderloin – Garlic goes well with everything. Let’s start off with that. And garlic and rosemary is a winning combination. Honestly garlic and any herb can turn anything into a pretty good dish.
- Herbed Red Potato Salad – Once again, we have garlic. This recipe also features parsley, lemon, and Dijon mustard. One good rule of thumb is that parsley always goes with potatoes. For an earthy fresh flavor that brings out that lovely potato-y taste, parsley is the go-to herb.
- Herb Crusted Baked Tomatoes – Garlic again (notice a pattern?), plus parsley, basil and oregano.
- Grilled Chicken with Spice Rub – This recipe uses a couple of different spices, all great for flavoring grilled chicken. Rubbing it with spices beforehand intensifies the flavor, especially when grilling.
Here‘s a cool chart that shows what spices blend with each other to form different types of cuisine such as Mediterranean or Indian.