I was in Penzey’s Spices in Homewood recently and saw a man buying a large bottle of Sunny Paris, so I walked over to smell the seasoning and read more about it. (Penzey’s has sample jars of all spices and seasonings so that you can smell before buying).
When I saw the price tag on Sunny Paris, I was shocked. The large 2 cup jar is $36. I asked the man if it was worth it, and he told me it was the BEST seasoning he had ever bought. He told me that he put it on basically everything. He was very convincing, so I bought the smallest jar to try myself.
Verdict: Sunny Paris is now one of my favorite seasonings, and I use it all the time. Any time I bake chicken, I use extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, ground pepper, and Sunny Paris. It makes basic chicken not so boring and gives it a unique flavor that is hard to describe.
My favorite way to use this is on roasted red potatoes. It gives them a subtle flavor that makes the simple spud taste spectacular. It is also wonderful on mild fish such as talapia. Since Sunny Paris does not contain salt, I make sure to add salt to food such as chicken and potatoes. But for those on salt-restricted diets, Sunny Paris would be a fabulous alternative seasoning.
Penzey’s website gives the following information about Sunny Paris:
This blend became so expensive to make that we removed it from the price list in 1987. However, many people liked it so much that they were willing to pay the higher price, so we brought it back. Freeze-dried shallots, the main ingredient, make it an incredible seasoning for seafood, Cornish hens, chicken, vegetables, rice, eggs and veal. Simply sprinkle over salads, potatoes, or rice, or mix 1 TB. with 1 Cup yogurt and use as a dip or salad dressing. Hand-mixed from: shallots, chives, green peppercorns, dill weed, basil, tarragon, chervil and bay leaf.