This "pizza spice" is full of flavor and aroma-- a strong personality, but one that partners well with other seasonings, too. It's indispensable in Italian and other Mediterranean cooking as well as Mexican fare.
Suggested Uses: Strongly and complexly aromatic, earthy, pungent, slightly bitter and astringent, oregano is a robust spice. It's indispensable in Italian and other Mediterranean cooking. Its special affinity for basil makes the two a great combination in vegetable, cheese, pasta and tomato dishes, and especially pizza. Mediterranean oregano is milder than Mexican, has a sweeter flavor and is considered better for Italian cooking. Mexican oregano is more often used in chili powders, chili con carne, and other hot/spicy dishes.
Use either variety for cream and tomato sauces, soups, vinegars, herb butters, and salad dressings. Add oregano to egg and cheese dishes (like omelets, frittatas, and quiche), gravies, casseroles, breads, and meat and grain dishes. Combine oregano with olive oil and brush on foods for the grill, or add it to other spices for a salt-substitute blend. It partners well with basil, garlic, thyme, and parsley.
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