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5 Recipes Where Rosemary Is A Must Have

5 Recipes Where Rosemary Is A Must Have

I know what some of you might be thinking, I don’t like rosemary. It’s too woody, the sprigs taste terrible, the texture feels like eating tree bark and the aromatics are too overpowering. The only wrong way to have rosemary is to undercook it. While rosemary can taste like a sweet tree bark if you undercook it, it has the potential to pair with countless veggies and proteins that add a layer of complexity and aromatics to any dish. Liven up your next dinner, here are 5 recipes where rosemary is a must have. 

 

Grilled Chicken Breasts With Brown Butter And Rosemary
This rosemary butter chicken is a great way to reinvent your dry chicken.

1. Grilled Chicken Breasts With Brown Butter And Rosemary

While chicken breasts can be dry and tired on their own, this recipe adds that deeper layer of richness and sweetness unlike any other. The brown butter gives it that sense of rich stickiness while the rosemary adds that sweetness that makes it absolutely decadent.

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary
  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced

Directions

Begin by coating your chicken in your balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Make sure all surfaces are covered before seasoning with salt and pepper. Let sit for 10 minutes. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium high heat and add your chicken breasts and garlic to the pan. Cook for 14 minutes until the juices from the chicken turn clear. Be sure to turn them occasionally. When the chicken is close to gone, take a smaller saucepan and heat over medium low heat. Add your butter and watch it brown. Be sure to continuously stir it otherwise it will burn. Add our rosemary to the butter to add that sweet finish. Remove the chicken from heat and transfer to a plate. Pour the brown butter and rosemary mixture over the top. Serve and enjoy. 

Roasted Butternut Squash With Rosemary Sprigs
This recipe is a great way to make a sweet rustic meal.

2. Roasted Butternut Squash With Rosemary Sprigs

When you’re looking for something sweet and soft, this recipe will certainly not disappoint. The natural richness of the butternut squash pairs perfectly with the sweetness of rosemary with that small cut through of salt to add that perfect balance. This recipe is guaranteed to fill your home with sweet smells and your stomach with a sweet sense of warmth. 

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Ingredients

  • 3 lbs butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into cubes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 sprigs rosemary, chopped
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper

 

Directions

Preheat your oven to 425F. Next, in a large bowl lightly toss your squash cubes in olive oil and rosemary. Spread your squash on a baking dish in an even layer and season with your salt and pepper. Bake for 25 minutes and toss gently and then bake for an additional 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Serve and enjoy. 

Garlic Rosemary And Beef Tenderloin
Rosemary is a sweet aromatic way to liven up your steak.

3. Garlic Rosemary And Beef Tenderloin

Rosemary is not simply for light proteins and veggies but rather, adding a sweet richness to an already rich and tender meat. Rosemary pairs beautifully with beef and steak tenderloin in particular. When it comes to beef, it is as highly versatile as garlic in the sense that it pairs well with the fibers of the meat. Bring that sense of richness and elegance for your next steak with this recipe. 

Ingredients

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  • 1 beef tenderloin, trimmed and tied into 2 inch sections
  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary, chopped
  • 1 sprig thyme, chopped
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper 
  • 1 dash olive oil

Horseradish Cream Sauce

  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 spoonfuls horseradish
  • ¼ cup mayo
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper

 

Directions

Combine all ingredients of the horseradish sauce, set to the side in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. Preheat your oven to 275F. Take a small mixing bowl and add your garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Be sure to pat dry your tenderloin with paper towels before lightly drizzling in your olive oil. Season with your garlic mixture. You can gently press it down to ensure the seasoning sticks. Next, place your tenderloin in a baking dish and bake for 50 minutes for medium rare. Remove from heat and let it rest for at least 10 minutes. Serve with your horseradish sauce and enjoy. 

Rosemary Mashed Potatoes
Rosemary mashed potatoes are a great way to bring elegance back to dinner.

4. Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

This dish is a great way to liven up your tired mashed potatoes recipe. Rosemary adds that sense of elegance and sweetness to the natural richness of the potatoes that will certainly impress your next guests. These mashed potatoes are subtly sweet and oh so tender for your next dinner. 

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Ingredients

  • 8 potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 1 large pinch salt
  • ¼ cup butter, cubed
  • 3 sprigs rosemary, chopped fidelity
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 pinch pepper

 

Directions

Begin by placing your potatoes into a large skillet and season with your salt. Cover with cold water and bring to a rolling boil. Then, reduce the heat and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until tender. Drain and place your potatoes in a large bowl. While adding your cream, butter, nutmeg, salt, pepper and rosemary mash until smooth and creamy. Serve and enjoy. 

Rosemary Rice
This recipe is a great way to liven up your rice.

5. Rosemary Rice 

When you’re looking for a light and subtly sweet side dish, this recipe is a must try. The soft tenderness of the rice can be boring on its own but. With the added aromatics and complexity of rosemary it becomes a full stand alone star perfect for any entree or side dish. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • ¼ white onion, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 can of chicken broth
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary, dried and crushed
  • 1 pinch salt
  •  ½ cup parmesan cheese

Directions

Begin by taking a saucepan and heating over medium high heat. Add in your onion and garlic with oil and cook until tender. Add in your broth and water and bring to a rolling boil. Next, stir in your rice, along with your rosemary and pepper. Reduce to a rolling simmer and cook for 15 to 18 minutes until rice is tender. Remove from heat and stir in your cheese until melted. Severe and enjoy. 

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At first glance, rosemary might seem like a small tree that packs too much flavor. With it’s hard sprigs that seem to well up in your mouth, this is simply not true. Rosemary is an ingredient that adds a sweetness, aromatics and, most importantly, warmth to any dish.