Cooking with Rosemary: Herb Garden Tips & Recipes
If you’ve ever traveled through the Italian countryside, the aromatic smell of rosemary is overwhelming — and wonderful. It’s a reminder that this particular herb is a real Italian staple — especially for hearty roast chicken dishes. (Did I mention that already? Well, it bears repeating!)
If you’ve got rosemary, salt, and garlic, a tasty chicken recipe can be conjured from scratch. Easy! Got some potatoes — almost any kind of potatoes — lying around the kitchen? Make no-fuss rosemary potatoes by adding chopped rosemary, minced garlic, salt, and pepper to olive oil; coating the cut-up potato cubes in the oil; and then roasting the spuds right in with the chicken. There are so many wonderful recipes using rosemary, but I’ve pulled a few of my very favorites here.
Rosemary is so easy it is to grow. I like to stick some in the herb garden and put another sprig in a pot outside, to bring in later for the winter — got to have all the rosemary I want close at hand during the colder months. Of course, half of America lives in a place where rosemary never goes away in January; this herb is hardy and can take low temperatures. (Rosemary must have well-drained soil; feel free to add some sand to the soil.)
Even mine, which grows in Zone 6 (climate-wise, think coastal New York, New Jersey, and Delaware; Virginia and the northern half of most southern states, into Texas), sometimes over-winters. But, truth to tell, it takes so long to come back each spring, it’s far less hassle to just buy some fresh rosemary to stick in the new garden.
The lesson here is: Cooking without rosemary would be like trying to make some dishes, like Italian recipes, without garlic. It just wouldn’t work.
P.S. Don’t even tell me about dried rosemary. There just isn’t any comparison. And no excuse, since rosemary is the easiest thing in the world to grow. In fact, I’ve been very picky with the recipes with rosemary that follow, to make sure they at least offer the option. If you must use dried, remember it’s stronger, although not better, so use half as much as fresh-chopped.
Check out all those fresh sprigs of rosemary lining the platter! Better plant a few more sprigs if you really want this dish to look as good as it does here. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with decorating with rosemary, too.
I promised chicken, and I mean to deliver. Note: More rosemary decoration on this beautiful bird.
Yes, chicken again. But this time with orzo. What a great, quick and easy pasta dish. With chicken.
Perfect for brunch
What’s that across this gorgeous BBQ-ready tenderloin? Why, it’s another sprig of rosemary. Keep your grill near the herb garden for maximum ease.
Yup, another sprig of rosemary. This time on a steak with an easy reduction sauce that really concentrates the rosemary flavor deep into the meaty juices.
See, rosemary goes with vegetables too! This is not just about meat (but mostly).
See, you can make dessert with rosemary too. Like these lovely and light lemon cupcakes.
Rosemary is the key ingredient this easy recipe for Perfect Roast Chicken!
Each week through June, we’ll tell you about an easy-to-grow herb you can start right now in your backyard and use in all kinds of great recipes. Find all our “Herb Garden Tips & Recipes” to date on Pinterest, or click here.