Sunday, August 16, 2009

Chicken-style Seasoning

Many vegetarian and vegan recipes call for "Chicken-style Seasoning". It is available in health food stores and there are a variety of brands. Two of my favorites are "McKay's Chicken-style Seasoning" and "Bill's Best Chicknish'". But a homemade version is just as tasty and helpful in making savory vegetarian dishes. It's role is to provide depth of flavor and can be used as a base-flavor for a variety of recipes. Here's a version that is close to the commercial brands.

Chicken-style Seasoning

2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast, fine*
1 tsp. sweet basil
2 Tbsp. celery salt
2 Tbsp. onion powder
2 Tbsp. parsley flakes
2 Tbsp. turmeric
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. marjoram
1/4 cup savory
1/4 cup mineral salt (Real Salt is a delightful brand)

Mix all the ingredients together until well blended. Place in a jar and lid tightly. Use as desired.

*Nutritional yeast is optional. To make 'fine', place in blender or coffee mill and whiz. It can also be purchased in powder form rather than flakes.

Use according to recipe directions. Works well as an addition to many recipes not calling for it as well. For savory recipes, try adding 1 - 2 Tbsp. and see how it enhances the flavor. Steamed vegetables (like broccoli), soups (vegetable or legume), and patties and loaves are all improved by this tasty seasoning.

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