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Let's talk Poultry seasoning

Many moons ago, I bought a jar of poultry seasoning at a home spice party. It was fresh, lovely, and predominantly GREEN. Seeing a vendor at a fair, I bought some more, this time it was RED. The sales gal told me it had always been that colour. I really loved the first blend, the second is more like a pork spice rub.

Normally I don't buy pre-mixed seasonings, I blend as I go at home using the basics. I was hoping that you, my Chowser brethren, could tell me if you like poultry seasoning, what you use it for, and perhaps share your secret home blends.

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  1. My mom always used Bell's Poultry seasoning. After reading the ingredients on the label, I came up with this recipe I use all the time when a recipe requires poultry seasoning. I usually buy my spices from Penzey's.

    Copycat Bell's Poultry Seasoning

    4 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
    4 tsp dried oregano
    3 3/4 tsp dried sage
    3 1/2 tsp ground dried ginger
    3 tsp dried marjoram
    2 3/4 tsp dried thyme
    3/4 tsp ground black pepper

    Mix together and grind to fine powder in a coffee or spice grinder.

    Makes about 1/2-cup.

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    1. re: Antilope

      Antilope, I'm with you (except for the dried ginger, plus I add salt). We always used Bell's for our Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing and then one Thanksgiving morning I thought what was a full package turned out to be empty, so I had to think quick. Found a copycat Bell's recipe online and have been making that ever since.

    2. I use Bell's in the family's traditional cornbread dressing, handed down from my grandfather's mother. It's pretty basic- most of the recipe is for the cornbread- but it's super tasty.

      Cornbread Stuffing (from Mother Berst)
      Fry 2 or 3 onions in ¼ lb butter. Break up one recipe (below) of cornbread (or a couple pieces less) in it and add some chopped celery, salt, pepper and 2 Tb poultry seasoning. Moisten with water or broth until it sticks together.

      For the Cornbread:
      1c. corn meal
      1c. flour, sifted
      ¼ c. sugar
      4 t baking powder
      ½ t salt
      1 egg
      1c. milk
      ¼ c. lard or soft shortening
      Sift together cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add egg, milk & shortening.
      Beat until smooth (about 1 minute with rotary beater) and pour into well-greased pan (8 in square) or 12 medium muffin tins. Bake in preheated 425° oven, 15-20 minutes.
      (alternate version: Use honey instead of sugar, salad oil instead of shortening, reduce milk to 3/4 cup & bake at 400°.)

      BTW, the recipe I have on file for homemade poultry seasoning is identical to the one posted above and probably is from an earlier post by the same person. (Thanks, Antilope!)

      1. A few good dry rubs for chicken, drawn from various sources on the Web over the years...

        simplest dry rub for chicken: Kosher salt & smoked paprika
        ~~
        another simple one: smoked paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder
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        This is a killer rub on shrimp, steaks, chicken, even grilled veggies. It is so easy:
        1 part brown sugar 1 part kosher salt then add as much as you want of Chipotle chile powder. The more you add the hotter it gets. Nice sweet salty smokey flavor
        ~~
        Here's another which is made from standard pantry items. Can use it on everything from pork ribs or tenderloin to flank steak to chicken to fish. (Use a heavier hand with hearty fattier proteins and a lighter hand for delicate things like fish)
        4 tablespoons dark brown sugar
        2 tablespoons kosher salt
        2 tablespoons paprika
        2 tablespoons chili powder
        1 teaspoon cayenne or crushed red pepper
        1 tablespoon black pepper
        1 tablespoon finely ground coffee
        ~~
        Grandma's Secret Spice Rub
        Great on chicken or porkchops.
        to make enough for 5 chicken breasts youll need about 3 tablespoons of dried onion, 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp sugar, 3 tablespoons papirika, and 1 tsp msg
        ~~
        yet another one:
        Dry Rub For Chicken
        1 cup light brown sugar
        1 Tb paprika
        1 Tb ground thyme
        1 Tb garlic powder
        1 Tb onion powder
        1 Tb cumin
        2 tsp cayenne (or more, to taste)
        generous pinch salt
        zest of 1 lemon
        Separate ½ of batch- mix with half a stick of room temperature butter and rub under skin of chicken. Rub the remander on outside of chicken.
        For best results chicken should marinate overnight in water with salt, lemon juice and sugar.
        ~~
        Smoked paprika dry rub
        By Judy Walker
        You can experiment with this rub, adding more or less of the suggested ingredient amounts, but this one tasted fine for me When preparing chicken, pork chops or whatever, I brush (or toss) the meat with olive or vegetable oil, then rub the seasoning mix, according to taste, all over the meat. Then, cover it with plastic wrap and let it sit for 2 hours or more before grilling.

        Makes about ¾ cup

        ¼ cup smoked paprika
        3 tablespoons coarse salt
        1 tablespoon garlic powder
        1 tablespoon onion powder
        3 tablespoon light brown sugar
        1 tablespoon dried oregano leaves
        1 tablespoon dried thyme leaves
        Combine all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container until ready to use.
        ~~
        Pitmaster Petes Chicken Rub

        INGREDIENTS:
        2 cups dark brown sugar
        1 cup sugar in the raw
        1 cup kosher salt
        1/2 cup paprika
        1/8 cup black pepper
        1/8 cup white pepper
        1/4 onion powder
        1/4 garlic powder
        4 teaspoons cayenne powder
        4 teaspoons celery seed
        4 teaspoons ancho chili powder

        PREPARATION:
        Add all ingredients together and mix well, making sure there are no clumps. Store in air-tight container.
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        Cajun Dry Spice Rub

        1/2 c. salt
        3 tbsp. black pepper
        3 tbsp. ground fennel seed
        1 tbsp. ground cumin
        1 tsp. cinnamon
        3 tbsp. chili powder
        2 tbsp. oregano
        1 tbsp. sugar
        ~~
        Bobby Flay's Sixteen Spice Dry Rub
        # 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
        # 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder
        # 1 tablespoon pasilla chili powder
        # 1 tablespoon ground cumin
        # 1 tablespoon ground coriander
        # 1 teaspoon garlic powder
        # 1 teaspoon onion powder
        # 1 teaspoon ground ginger
        # 1 teaspoon ground cloves
        # 1 teaspoon ground fennel seed
        # 1 teaspoon ground allspice
        # 1 teaspoon chili de arbol powder
        # 2 tablespoons brown sugar
        # 1 tablespoon kosher salt
        # 1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
        # 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

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        1. re: eclecticsynergy

          Ooooooooo! I'm definitely trying some of these!
          I have to admit that for regular roast chicken or turkey I just use garlic powder and salt and pepper rubbed in with oil and summer savoury for the dressing, much better than sage. I always have people ask me why my dressing is so much better than theirs and they are shocked at the simplicity and the difference that one ingredient makes. My mom is a fabulous cook and taught me that food is often best when it's simple and the flavour of the food is allowed to shine.

        2. I also like poultry seasoning. I use a teaspoon of it in my meatloaf, and get many compliments on it. As well if you like chicken pot pie you can add a teaspoon into your sauce, it is reminiscent of a turkey dinner.
          I have never seen red poultry seasoning. If you like your first blend, you might look for Bell's seasoning. Martha Stewart uses it in her turkey dinners. It is a lovely blend.

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          1. re: Ruthie789

            I've probably bought less than five jars of poultry seasoning in my entire life; which is why I wondered if it was just me or if the spice was supposed to be red. I'll look for Bell's or make the substitute myself--tx

          2. It sounds like what you got is more of a dry rub meant for poultry for grilling, rather than the traditional poultry seasoning used in stuffings, etc.