Looking for a way to give your house that inviting warm holiday scent whether you are cooking or not? This Stovetop Potpourri is the perfect recipe for just that.
Stovetop Potpourri is a simple way to crank up the holiday cheer in your home using ingredients you probably already have in your refrigerator.
I know what you are thinking. Stovetop Potpourri? Isn’t that the stuff my grandma had all dried out in a dish in the bathroom when I was growing up?
Well, yes and no. That type of potpourri surely still does exist, but now there are other ways to get a delightful scent to fill a room.
When I was making my Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Relish, I couldn’t help but feel bad about throwing away all the garnishes I had on the serving platter. I also didn’t want the intoxicating aroma to end.
But the aromas coming from the oven were intoxicating with holiday cheer!
Then I had a lightbulb moment. I had seen an idea floating around on Pinterest that allows you to utilize your aromatics in a new way.
They call it Stovetop Potpourri.
The idea is simple, simmer a Dutch oven full of holiday aromatics on the stove. This allows the smells to waft through each and every room in your house.
This is that point in which most folks tune out because “the blogger is sharing boring stories I don’t care about.” So if that is you… simply scroll all the way down to the bottom. I won’t be offended.
But if you like watching Lifetime movies and started decorating for Christmas before Halloween, keep reading.
My favorite holiday traditions include the night we decorated the Christmas tree. We very rarely ordered out, but that night we were lucky enough to get a pizza delivered. AND… my sister and I shared one can of Coke.
The next was going shopping with my dad for my mom. It was a game. A scavenger hunt.
This was back in the day when you actually had to go to the mall. GASP.
She’d give us a list of things she might want and we had to head to the mall and do our best to fill her wishes.
Back at home, we’d bake sugar cookie cutouts. I’d try to steal as much raw cookie dough as I could, but I’d always end up with a stomach ache.
OK.. back to why you are here. To make your house smell like glorious holiday cheer.
The recipe for Stovetop Potpourri below shows the amounts I used, but feel free to increase or decrease any based on what you have on hand. Take it from me, this is much better than lighting a candle.
Happy holidays, foodie friends!
If you loved this recipe for Stovetop Potpourri, try some of my other holiday recipes guaranteed to make your house smell amazing:
Stovetop Potpourri Recipe
- Fill a large pot halfway with water. Add all ingredients.
- Simmer over low heat and allow the smells to spread around the house!