Thyme is one of the most common herbs in the kitchen flavoring a variety of dishes ranging from clam chowder and stews to pizza sauce and marinades. Thyme is a compliment to any kind of meat; it contains a natural chemical that helps to break down fats. Since it is slow to release its flavor, thyme is usually added early in the cooking process. When grilling, consider throwing whole leafy stems onto the coals as they will flavor whatever meat is being grilled.
Although flavorful, thyme does not overpower other herbs and even blends well with spices. Because thyme retains its flavor well when dried, less of it is required when substituted in a recipe. A good rule of thumb is to substitute 1/3 dried to fresh. Sometimes recipes using thyme call for sprigs though. According to Wikipedia they estimate that 6″ sprigs will yield one tablespoon of leaves. As the dried equivalent is 1:3, substitute 1 teaspoon of dried or ¾ tsp of ground thyme for 6 small sprigs.
Use a sprig or two in bloom for a perfect garnish to your favorite dish.
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Pizza with Lemon Thyme and Basil Even though there are many fresh toppings on this pizza, the lemon thyme steals the show! It’s truly delicious.
Herbed Rice Pilaff Nicely compliments a meal of chicken, pork, beef or fish.
Lemon Thyme Tea Bread This tasty and beautiful lemony sweet bread will convince anyone that Lemon Thyme isn’t just for chicken!
Chicken Kebab Hoagies A chicken sandwich that is so flavorful and savory that you don’t even need to add a condiment.
Hearty Chicken Pot Pie This is a classic pot pie, only a bit more special with its delicate puff pastry crust. Easy and oh so filling!
Low Country Boil An entire meal in one pot! Here’s a recipe for entertaining outdoors. You can prepare this over an open fire or on the stove in the kitchen. Cover your picnic table with a plastic tablecloth and, after draining the liquid, pour the contents directly down the center of the table. Roll up your sleeves, tuck your napkin under your chin, and eat without plates or utensils!
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