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Move over, everything bagel seasoning. There’s a new spice game in town.

Kimberly Holland
June 05, 2018

People love Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning. I get it. I’ve got a shaker of it in my pantry, too.

But I’m here to tell you there’s another seasoning that’s even more addictive and absolutely worth seeking out.

Penzeys Frozen Pizza Seasoning is a blend of “spices and garlic.” Seriously, that’s all they’ll tell you. I suspect they’re locking down the formula at Fort Knox because it’s just too good to let into the wild.

However, discerning palates can pick out oregano, basil, a bit of thyme, and a pleasant punch of garlic. It’s a powerhouse spice mixture, with flavors above and beyond traditional “Italian” seasoning. It’s also salt-free, so these bold herbs can’t hide behind tongue-numbing sodium.

Because this mix is from Penzeys, you also know it’s fresh. So many seasoning mixes at the grocery store languish on shelves, losing flavor while they wait for you to take them home.

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When added to frozen pizza, it perks up the freezer-dulled sauce. Sprinkled on buttered baguette, it makes for a simple and delicious Italian bread. Stirred into jarred marinara sauce, it adds instant zing.

Sure, you could—and just might—mix your own, but you will likely fall short of this flavor perfection. Plus, for just a bit over $3 per ¼-cup jar, you’re getting a big, herby bargain. The warm spices and herbs blend perfectly with a variety of dishes, and I’ve found myself using it in many more ways beyond sprucing up a frozen pizza.

10 Ways to Use Penzeys Frozen Pizza Seasoning

  • Add a final je ne sais quoi to cacio e pepe or simple buttered noodles.
  • Turn basic chicken breasts into a flavor-packed protein.
  • Sprinkle over freshly-popped popcorn
  • Mix into tomato sauce for an Italian-spin on weeknight meatloaf.
  • Use in meatballs for a simple, but special, spice combo.
  • Add to extra-virgin olive oil for an instant bread dipper.
  • Sprinkle over grilled eggplant planks or zucchini rounds.
  • Knead into homemade pizza or focaccia dough.
  • Stir into breadcrumbs before breading pork chops, chicken cutlets, or tofu squares.
  • Toss with steamed vegetables and a bit of melted butter.

When I’ve used about a quarter of the spice mixture, I’ve been known to add in some crushed red pepper. The spicy fleks add even more pizzazz to an incredible mixture.

I’ve only discovered one problem with the spice: I use it on so many things, I finish up my little 0.3-ounce jar in just a few weeks. I should probably schedule regular deliveries.

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