Now I know that rosemary salt is nothing new or original. But it’s something I use regularly, like eeryday, ON THE REGGGGG-U-LAR, so I just had to make a post about it. Rosemary salt might actually be my very favorite seasoning.
Okay, confession time. I’m totally into television for kids. I watch kids shows and kids movies all the time. And I don’t mean cartoon network, which can still be considered cool. I mean like Disney channel. And Disney movies from the 70s. And the 80s. Before Disney movies were cool for even adults to watch. I probably know more about Disney stuff than your eleven year old. (But that might be because kids nowadays are soooo grown up. What is up with that?!)
Anyways, in kids movies, the character list is usually pretty much the same in every movie. You have a hero, you have people who help the hero, you have the bad guy, and you have someone who helps the bad guy, who’s usually pretty dumb. Yep, that’s right. I don’t know why, but the bad guy’s accomplice is almost always some kind of incompetent, bumbling fool. Think about Home Alone, The Lion King, or Peter Pan. All of the bad guys’ henchmen were dim-witted, goofy, and pains in the bad guys’ bums!
And growing up, these were always my favorite characters. I liked the hero, and I thought it was nice that he or she had generous and kind friends. But the character that stole my heart? Always the goofy sidekick.
It went so far that, when my siblings or friends and I played make-believe games, I always wanted to play the dumb accomplice! Weird, I know. But I just loved that blundering character!
I loved the fact that someone so simple and seemingly clueless could be so entertaining! The dumb accomplice character usually ran into things, tripped over himself, and often times even foiled the bad guy! And usually, even though he’d helped the bad guy, we’d find at the end of the movie that the dumb accomplice actually had a good heart and was able to help the hero character shine (even if it was indirectly). Even in their ineptitude, the goofy sidekick could be lovable and steal our hearts. (Okay, maybe I’m just speaking for myself here…)
I think that might be why I love rosemary salt so much! It’s so simple and unassuming, and you might easily pass it over for the spicier, more colorful, and more powerhouse seasonings.
And, like the goofy sidekick, it might take just a little more work and time to make than a pre-made or prepackaged seasoning. But at the end of the day, rosemary salt is a spectacular seasoning (with a great heart) that will make your meats and veggies taste UH-MAZING!!!
Rosemary has a sweet, woodsy, delicious flavor that, to me, just goes with most everything. I have been known to break pieces off of a rosemary plant and just eat them. Of course I was just testing the quality of the plant… 😉 But I love rosemary that much.
Last Christmas, I made little jars of rosemary salt to give out in my gift baskets at work. I accidentally had a jarful left over for myself, which happened to be the best accident ever. Since then I’ve used rosemary salt on just about everything I’ve put in my oven, and still, that pint jar lasted me up until recently!
But the best thing about this homemade seasoning is that rosemary salt gets so much better with age. The flavors of the sea salt and rosemary get all good and married in the jar over time until the salt is super fragrant and herb-y and delicious.
This simple salt will turn your good dishes into great dishes, just like a simple, goofy sidekick!
- 1/3 cup fresh rosemary, heaping
- 3 cups sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
- Spread the rosemary and salt in an even layer on a dark baking sheet.
- Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes, or until a piece of rosemary crumbles in your fingers.
- Let the salt and rosemary cool, and then blend in a food processor to combine and break up the rosemary.
- Store in an airtight container. Rosemary salt keeps indefinitely. Use on meats, starches, and vegetables!