In May’s Tasting Box, I received a sample of this as well as the Black Truffle & Fresh Thyme Sea Salt. I had originally planned to have this review encompass both salt blends, but, since I didn’t use them together, I will write about them separately. Here, I will talk about the Fresh Rosemary & Sage Herb Sea Salt…
Where to Buy: Woody’s Gourmet on Foodzie
Intense fresh rosemary and sage aromas collaborate with the flavors of garlic and hints of black pepper to create a truly versatile accompaniment to many of your favorite dishes. Our proprietary method of Wet Infusion™ blends essential oils from fresh herbs with sea salt. This blend is bursting with complexity that will surprise you.
And yes, we are talking about sea salt in a whole new light. Use it as a meat rub or on poultry, pastas, potatoes, soups, even on salads, this versatile blend goes well on most dishes. Anytime you would use salt, use Woody’s Gourmet. Try it and see if you agree.
What I Think:
I decided to use this on some roast potatoes. To prepare, I cut the potatoes in small, bite-sized chunks, drizzled with olive oil, and tossed with pepper, freshly minced garlic, and about a teaspoon of this salt blend. I baked the potatoes at 400° F until golden brown and cooked through.
YUM! I used to use Kosher salt all the time, but, I have since discovered that I prefer the flavor imparted by sea salt. The sea salt really brought out the savory flavor of the rosemary and sage, and helped conquer the bitter note that would normally be tasted with these herbs. The rosemary has a lovely pine-like taste to it which I really liked, and the sage gave a delicious, earthy flavor to the potatoes.
I also had great success with this sprinkled on some Pollack fillets before baking. A rather simple preparation, but with results that exceeded my expectations. My entire family devoured their dinner!
The best thing about this blend is that it does all the work for me. I love using fresh herbs, but I am not crazy about preparing the fresh herbs when I cook; because of this, I don’t use a lot of fresh herbs. It may seem a bit trivial, but, I have never been one who enjoys preparation, I am usually a “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of cook. This blend lets me do my thing the way I want without having to prepare for it! And, I didn’t get any of the tough leaves or withy branches with the rosemary – something that I usually have a difficult time avoiding when I chop my own fresh rosemary. Awesome!
My Final Thoughts:
While I was excited to try this blend, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to use it on. I thought I needed to use it on something super fancy to do it justice. But as it turns out, it takes something as humble as potatoes and turns it into something fancy … and delicious!