Though oregano and pizza may seem like a perfect pairing, the versatile herb has many uses outside of seasoning your favorite pepperoni pie. Oregano adds a warm, unique flavor to just about everything that it touches, but it takes a bit of know-how to choose the right combinations. Here are a few expertly created recipes that will have you rethinking your use of oregano in the kitchen.
Herb Sugar [Martha Stewart]
You’ve heard of herb oils and herb butters, but herb sugar? It sounds a little crazy, but this multipurpose sugar seasoned with fresh oregano is a flavorful addition to fruit salads, lemonade, or even to line the rims of your favorite cocktail glass. All it takes is a bit of sugar, 1/2 cup of oregano, and a trusty food processor!
Basil and Oregano Pesto with Walnuts [Cook Italian]
Jazz up your usual basil pesto with the hearty taste of walnuts and the fresh flavor of oregano. This lovely, dark green sauce is best used in pasta or as a marinade for chicken, and the addition of oregano really transforms the taste. Blend the herbs and nuts together with some lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil and that’s all it takes to create this simple sauce.
Warm Garlic-Oregano Bread [Real Simple]
Oregano gives garlic bread a complete makeover in this fast and family-friendly recipe. Simply brush your favorite crusty bread with a mixture of olive oil, garlic and roughly chopped oregano and bake it all in the oven, letting the fragrant aroma fill your entire kitchen.