This is one of those appetizer recipes you’ll want to have on hand for all occasions -- it’s a pantry-ingredient tapenade that has a much more sophisticated flavor than you’d expect, given the ease of making it. That’s thanks to the Vanns Herbs de Provence, a classic combination of herbs that is wonderful for elevating recipes and giving them a hint of the French countryside.
Serve it with your favorite crackers, or on toasted baguette rounds. Leftovers, if there are any, are wonderful on sandwiches the next day -- think fresh mozzarella, smoked turkey, some beautiful fresh tomatoes, and a handful of arugula on sourdough, and you’re in lunch heaven.
Makes about 1 1/2 cups. Adapted from Serious Eats.
Both of these recipes are kind of magical -- they take super simple ingredients like water, flour, butter, salt, and Vanns Smoked Spanish Paprika and turn them into beautiful, impressive golden brown focaccia and a deeply orange-red, perfectly flavored smoked paprika butter to be spread on top. It makes a great appetizer for any occasion, but be careful that your guests don’t fill themselves up on it! It’s a little bit addictive.
It’s going to be a cold one on the East Coast this weekend — time for a warming breakfast that gives you the power and energy to get through the day. Here’s one amazing option — Shakshuka! Not only is it fun to say, it’s a delicious, savory, healthy egg dish that makes for an exciting and comforting meal.
This is a hearty and healthy winter dish -- think of it as a Mediterranean version of baked beans, seasoned with Vanns Herbes de Provence, but with a beautifully crispy bread crumb topping.
This dish is like spanakopita, if it were made by a Greek grandmother. Chopped greens, fragrant herbs, salty feta, and dried Mediterranean Oregano and Aleppo-Style Pepper are enveloped in a thin and tender homemade phyllo dough.
There’s a small restaurant chain in Los Angeles called Zankou Chicken that is well known for its super secret chicken shawarma recipe, which is crispy and juicy and beautifully spiced and comes with a crazy-good garlic sauce that will make your breath reek for at least the next few hours if not days.
These falafel sandwiches are straight-up amazing. The falafel is flavorful, crisp, and light, so good that even by itself it’s a wonderful thing.
This is a beautiful dish in both appearance and flavor. It makes the best of three vegetables that are at their best during summer -- tomatoes, zucchini, and eggplant -- and combines them with Herbes de Provence to meld the flavors together into the perfect summer vegetable dish.
A fairly simple set of ingredients combines with a blend of Vanns spices to create a complex and hearty dish that your guests might not even realize is vegetarian. A perfectly poached egg on top means this dish can be enjoyed from breakfast to dinner.
This is my ideal summer dish. It’s healthy, packed with flavor, and makes use of the bounty of zucchini that appears in gardens and stores each June.
These crackers are delicious -- light, crunchy, full of the textures and flavors of nuts and dried fruit, with a hint of herbs and spices. They’re amazing on a cheese plate.