Monday, September 30, 2013

Daregal Gourmet Frozen Herbs Review and Easy Alfredo Recipe

Disclosure: I received the above sampler of Daregal Gourmet fresh frozen herbs to review as a part of a Blog Friendly PR campaign. All opinions are my own and honest, no other compensation was received.

Daregal Gourmet offers a line of fresh frozen herbs. These herbs are harvested at the peak of maturity and washed, chopped and frozen within three hours of harvest, preserving flavor and freshness.

Daregal operates all aspects of their herbs; from planting on through packaging.

I was sent parsley, basil and ginger. They came packaged in a foam insulated box with dry ice to ensure they stay frozen in the delivery process.

Upon opening the boxes I could see how the frozen herbs retained their color, as opposed to dried herbs which look rather dull. They smelled wonderful too, as if I had just chopped them up myself. 

The first dinner I made using Daregal's fresh frozen herbs was Grilled Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo. Super easy Alfredo recipe!

What You'll Need:
  • 4 chicken breast
  • 1 package of fettuccine noodles
  • 6 ounces of cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan or parmesan/romano/asiago cheese blend
  • half pint of heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 stick butter
  • splash of milk
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Daregal Gourmet frozen parsley
  • salt/pepper to taste
Step 1:
Season and cook your chicken, we chose to grill it! I love the flavor of a charcoal grill!

Step 2:
Start boiling water for your pasta. Meanwhile, add cream cheese, shredded cheese, whipping cream, butter and a splash of milk to a saucepan. 

Keep an eye on your pasta water, add pasta when water starts boiling (cook per packaging directions).

Step 3:
Heat on medium and mix with whisk Once everything starts to melt together grab a fine cheese grater and grate the garlic into the sauce, then continue mixing sauce until it is smooth and blended (about 15-20 minutes). Make sure you do not allow the sauce to burn to the bottom of the pan.

Step 4:
At the end of cook time stir in the parsley flakes. It is not necessary to thaw the herbs. Just take the container out of the freezer, give it a little shake before opening to loosen the herbs, then sprinkle on food!

Step 5:
Plate the pasta, pour sauce over the noodles then add chicken! Enjoy!
Serve with your favorite steamed vegetable and bread sticks or garlic bread!

Working with frozen herbs cuts down on meal prep time and gives you a cooking experience you won't get with traditional dried herbs. Even if you don't use herbs that often, these are a great buy because they have a three year shelf life in the freezer!

Daregal Gourmet herbs are 100% natural, kosher and free of GMOs, preservatives and gluten.

Would I recommend Daregal Gourmet's fresh frozen herbs to a friend?
Most definitely. 

Buy it: Daregal Gourmet herbs are available on and in the Northeast region at Stop n Shop and Giant Landover.

Do you have a favorite recipe that you'd love to try with Daregal Gourmet's fresh frozen herbs?
Which herbs would you be most interested in trying? I'd also like to try garlic, how nice would it be to have fresh garlic without having the scent on your fingers for the following 24 hours?!

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