Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Zesty Italian Dressing Mix

Recently, I posted my recipe for homemade Ranch dressing mix, and was asked if I had a recipe for Italian dressing mix, specifically the kind made by Good Seasons. Both these dressing mixes are an integral part of my favorite pot roast recipe, so I knew I needed to post this one! 

As with the Ranch mix, making this dry seasoning myself saves me a TON of money, plus I can have fresh Italian dressing for my salads whenever I want! 



Zesty Italian Dressing Mix
adapted from All Recipes

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp dried parsley
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp dried red/green bell pepper mix (optional. If you can't find it, don't worry about it)
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp pepper (black or white)
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp lemon-pepper seasoning (this is the "zesty")
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp celery salt

Combine all of the ingredients in a lidded jar and shake to combine. 





To make dressing, mix 2 Tbsp mix with 2 Tbsp water, 1/4 cup vinegar (white or cider), and 2/3 cup oil (I use canola). You *can* use the dressing right away, but I like to let it chill in the fridge for a few hours to REALLY let those flavors come together. 






10 comments:

  1. Thanks for the mix of spices however I would never ever recommend canola oil. It's toxic and GMO. I would use extra light tasting olive oil for this.

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    1. Feel free to use any oil you like in this dressing (as indicated in the recipe). I used canola because it's what I had handy.

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  2. I've been eating it for years and I've never turned into a radioactive spider. You're supposed to use tinfoil for lining pans, not hats.

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    1. HAHAHAHA! Thanks for a great laugh today :)

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    2. I ate GMO for years also and I became sick with an autoimmune disease. Believe me I am not laughing.

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  3. Thanks for the recipe! I can't wait for the summer when I'm not teaching and have time to try some of your other more adventurous (and time consuming) recipes! Thanks for posting your recipes.

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    1. You're welcome!! I try to post both easy AND time-consuming recipes, so there's a pretty even mix on here :)

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  4. Can you tell me if you recipe is the same amount that is in one of the Zesty Italian packets? I like to use the packets to flavor a pork loin, using 1 packet to about 1 lb of meat. Just wondering if I would use 2Tbs per lb of meat. Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. I looked up the packet and it says .6oz, so this was about 3.5tsp for me for a single serving.

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    2. Andy, I've always just kind of 'eyeballed' it, so I'm not sure what the amount is. My recipe makes more than several servings. As you can see in the pictures - the dry mix is about half of a pint-sized Mason jar.

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