Made a casserole tonight (no recipe) and I used oregano, thyme and dill.....and salt and pepper. It was slightly over seasoned and had kind of a earthy taste. Which one would have caused this? Would like to know for future reference. Thanks.
metwo, No expert here but, by process of elimination, I think if it was the salt, pepper or dill, you would know already as each has a very distinctive flavor so that leaves the oregano or thyme. Unless you were REALLY heavy-handed with the oregano, I'm betting the culprit was the thyme!
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Gee, IR, I don't have a "clue."
I would think the oregano. I must admit that is a strange combination of herbs. What was the test of your casserole like?
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To me, thyme has a sort of musky, earthy flavor.
Oregano is such a strong flavor, seems like you'd recognize it if it were that.
Sounds like an eclectic mix of herbs to me, too. Dill is too fresh and somewhat tart flavor to mix with the others. JMO
I'm in the oregano camp.
Of course it could be a combination of the thyme and the oregano...
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I was just using up some things, veggies, a little meat, noodles. You get the idea. I couldn't really taste the dill and it was probably too delicate to use with the others but I thought I would just try it.
My husband really liked it (3 helpings) but then he can be easy to please. Often times there is no rhyme or reason for what I put together in the kitchen.
Thanks for your help.
I have found that using fresh oregano or thyme lends a more subtle flavor than the dried versions.
This is a lesson I learned the hard way when I overdid the dried herbs in a dish, and the musky bitter taste was awful. And I found out too late that the dried herbs were stale. Ugh.
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