Oregano and Italian food are synonymous, specifically tomato based dishes from southern Italy and Sicily. A tomato sauce without oregano doesn't quite have the same umph. Pizza would not have its pop without the dried herb.
Just in time for the holidays and football season, make this easy spread with the last of the fresh herbs from your garden.
Oregano is a nutritive herb that aids in digestion, gas and even bad breath. Its antispasmodic properties help keep belly cramps at bay. A definite great edition to the rich foods we eat this time of year.
Oregano is less potent, flavor wise, in its fresh form. That is why we can get away with a higher quantity of herbs than perhaps a traditional dip. In turn, we get more of the medicinal pow with the strong herby presence.
Craving even more greenery? Experiment by increasing herb and oil quantities plus adding some toasted nuts to turn this recipe into a true pesto.
Serve Pepperoni Pizza Spread with crackers, with or without a sweet little bit of cheese and perhaps even an extra slice of pepperoni.
M A K E
1/4 c pepperoni (aqqx 20)
1/4 c sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil (appx 6)
6 tbsp oregano, fresh
4 tbsp basil, fresh
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
6 tbsp parmesan, freshly shredded
2 cloves garlic, roasted
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 c olive oil
Add all ingredients, except olive oil to a food processor. Pulse until well combined.
Add olive oil and pulse again, adding more if you prefer a looser spread.
Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge over night, allowing flavors to meld.
Bring to room temperature before serving.
Purchase herbs by visiting Mountain Rose Herbs!