I tried Daregal Gourmet Herbs in my Thai Basil Chicken
I received a sampler of Daregal Gourmet fresh frozen herbs to review as a part of a Blog Friendly PR campaign. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.
I love to cook and we eat a lot of Thai and Vietnamese food at our house. When Daregal Gourmet offered the chance to try their Fresh Frozen herbs I jumped at the opportunity. Dried Basil and Cilantro just don't have the flavor of fresh herbs and our grocer doesn't always have the fresh herbs I need. Daregal Gourmet Herbs are available year round. We had a basil plant during the Summer but sadly if you don't water those they die.
I received Basil, Cilantro, Parsley and Garlic from Daregal Gourmet. These are the herbs I use the most in cooking and I love that they come washed, chopped and ready to use. While they are frozen they sprinkle easily from the container and last up to 3 years frozen. Today seemed like a great day to try them out in one of my favorite recipes. Thai Basil Ground Chicken.
1 lb. ground chicken breast
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes or 1 fresh red chile, chopped
3 Tbsp. white cooking wine
1 medium onion, slice
1/2 cup basil
1/4 cup cilantro
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
3 Tbsp. oyster sauce
1 Tbsp. fish sauce
1 Tbsp. lime juice
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. Sweet Chili Sauce
Combine the sauce ingredients together in a cup, stirring to dissolve sugar. Set aside.
Heat a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add oil and swirl around, then add the garlic and chili. Stir-fry 1 minute to release the fragrance, then add the chicken and cooking wine.
Add the onion, plus 3/4 of the stir-fry sauce you made earlier. Stir-fry until onion has softened but is still a little crisp(about 2 minutes).
Reduce heat to medium-low and add remaining sauce. Stir together. Add in basil and cilantro. Simmer 5 minutes and serve.
Daregal Gourmet is a family owned company since 1887. They use a quick freezing process which preserves the flavor,color, texture and fragrance of fresh herbs. I was truly surprised at the quality of the herbs.
I know you want to try them too! They are currently available on Amazon.com and in the Northeast region at Stop N Shop, Giant Landover and Shaws.
What are some of your favorite recipes using fresh herbs? Which of the herbs from Daregal Gourmet would you like to try?