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Hawk WIngs

Attention Seahawks Fans! These sweet and spicy wings are just the ticket to victory on the table and we plan to enjoy them by the heaping helping as we continue to cheer our team. They are easy to make, so you don’t have to spend much time in the kitchen.

Seattle Salmon Rub is good on all kinds of things- not just salmon- and we’ve taken advantage of that to create this special Seahawks fan fare. Combine the pan-Asian flair of the spice rub with sweet orange and maple and a kick of heat from Aleppo and you’ve got a winner. If you like them really hot, increase the Aleppo or add a sprinkle of our Rooster Spice to the sauce. The sky’s the limit.

GO HAWKS!!!!

Hawk Wings - the sky's the limit!!

Hawk Wings – the sky’s the limit!!

 

Hawk WIngs

Ingredients

For the wings
4 lbs chicken wings
2 tablespoons ground Seattle Salmon Rub
2 teaspoons Aleppo pepper
For the sauce
1 cup orange juice
zest of 1 orange
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup mirin
1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
1 tablespoon finely minced green onion
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon Seattle Salmon Rub
2 teaspoons Aleppo pepper
sliced green onions for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees
  2. Line a large sheet pan with foil and apply non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Using heavy kitchen shears or a sharp knife, remove the wing tips from the chicken wings. You can also separate the wings at the joint, if desired. We typically leave them whole.
  4. Place the wings in a large bowl and sprinkle with the Seattle Salmon Rub and Aleppo. Toss to coat the wings and arrange them on the foil lined sheet pan with the meaty side facing up. Bake for 30 minutes.
  5. While the wings are in the oven, combine the sauce ingredients in a heavy bottomed pan and bring to a low boil. Continue cooking until the sauce is reduced to a syrupy consistency, about 15 minutes. Keep the sauce warm until the wings come out of the oven.
  6. Remove the wings from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Transfer the wings to a large, heat-proof bowl and pour the warm sauce over the wings. Stir gently with a wooden spoon to coat the wings with sauce. Return the wings to the sheet pan and set aside the remaining sauce left in the bottom of the bowl. Cook 20 minutes.
  7. When the wings are done, arrange on a platter and pour the reserved sauce over the top. Garnish with sliced green onions. Serve with lots of napkins and ice cold beer.
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Besar Cranberry Chutney

The rich and toasty taste of our Besar blend makes an ideal complement for the pop of fresh cranberry in this exotic twist on a holiday classic. Candied ginger and dried apricots round out the fruity flavors, and the result is an intensely flavored chutney that you can serve well past Thanksgiving. You can try variations too- add an apple to mellow the flavors or some chopped walnuts for a little crunch. Any way you make it, the bright flavor of cranberries add a bit of sunshine to a winter feast. Go cranberries!

Besar Cranberry Chutney is good year round!

Besar Cranberry Chutney is good year round!

Besar Cranberry Chutney

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 bag (12 oz) fresh cranberries
1 onion, diced (use a sweet or red onion for extra flavor)
1/4 cup Candied Ginger, chopped
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
1 large orange (or 2 medium), zested and juiced
1 lime, juiced
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup cider vinegar
3 tablespoons Besar, ground
2 teaspoons Aleppo pepper

Instructions

  1. Put olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the diced onions and saute for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and, stirring frequently, cooking for about 15 minutes. Taste for seasoning. You might want to add more salt, vinegar or brown sugar.
  3. If you want a 'smoother' sauce, cook for another 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Let cool, then put into a covered container in the refrigerator. This will keep for about a week.
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Heavenly Hawaij Soup

Soup shots are the perfect starter for a long Thanksgiving feast and this Heavenly Hawaij Soup is the ideal choice. Combining aromatic spices, earthy mushrooms and velvety cream, it is decadent as a holiday feast should be. If you start with this, what could be next! Cardamom, turmeric and saffron are the essential spice elements of the  Yemenese blend Hawaij and they play wonderfully in this exotic mushroom soup. It is the leftover that will have you sneaking back to the kitchen at four am.

Heavenly Hawaij Soup

Heavenly Hawaij Soup

Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter
5 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 small sweet onion, chopped
2 tablespoons flour
1 ounce (about 1 cup) dried porcinis, broken into smaller pieces
2 pounds chopped crimini mushrooms
4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
1 cup white wine
2 tablespoons Hawaij, ground
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 lemon, juiced
Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a Dutch oven, melt the butter on medium heat. Saute the garlic and onions until slightly browned. Add the flour, and mix well. (It will be thick.) Add in the Porcinis, Criminis, stock, wine and Hawaij. Mix well. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat to medium low, and let simmer for about 20 minutes.
  2. Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender or food processor until smooth. Once the soup is pureed, return it to the pot and add the heavy cream. Simmer for about 10 minutes, to reduce the cream a bit. Add the juice of 1/2 of a lemon, then taste for salt and add what you need. If you feel the soup is too thick, add more stock. If you feel it needs to be thicker, continue to reduce it on low until it’s at the consistency you prefer. Serve with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
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Voodoo Jalapeño Poppers

We’ve had a bumper crop of jalapeño peppers from the garden this year and that means POPPERS! Autumn is chile season, though Jalapeños are readily available at the grocery store year round. The flavor buzz from these was well worth the effort of seeding all those little suckers, but do wear gloves! The warm bite of jalapeño with smoky paprika in the cheese, and the Voodoo sprinkle on top of these poppers goes down well chased by a rich porter. Enjoy a whole platter by yourself while you watch the game like we did, or serve them up at your next fall fête.

Vodoo Jalapeno Poppers

Vodoo Jalapeno Poppers

 

Vodoo Jalapeño Poppers

Ingredients

12 jalapeños (makes 24 poppers)
4 ounces cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
Voodoo spice for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Slice each jalapeño in half lengthwise and remove seeds and core. Wear gloves
  3. In a small bowl, mix together cream cheese and smoked paprika.
  4. Fill each chile shell with the cheese mixture and place on a lightly oiled sheet pan. Sprinkle the lot with Voodoo Spice.
  5. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes to soften and then broil to brown the tops.
  6. Serve with guacamole and stout or porter.
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Ancho Chili Beef Empanadas

Who doesn’t love food that you can hold in your hand?  The beauty of empanadas is that the rich, buttery dough can be filled with almost anything - sweet or savory. Our Ancho Chili Powder is mild-medium in heat and adds magnificent depth to the beef and vegetable filling we chose. Ancho chiles have a wonderful, darkly sweet flavor, so we added a little Alderwood Smoked Salt for just a touch of smoky contrast. They can be served either hot or at room temperature; we like ours with salsa,  sour cream and a Hibiscus Margarita.  They freeze well, so make a bunch and plan to enjoy them another day, or surprise yourself at how quickly your guests devour the extras.

Ancho Chili Beef Empanadas

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Ancho Chili Beef Empanadas

Yield: 24 empanadas

Ingredients

For the Dough
4 1/2 cups flour
1 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes and chilled
2 large eggs
2/3 cup ice water
2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
For the Filling
1/4 cup olive oil
5 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 pound lean ground beef
1 1/2 teaspoons Alderwood Smoked Salt
3 tablespoons Ancho Chili Powder, ground
1 teaspoon Mexican Oregano
1/2 cup sliced black olives
For the Egg Wash
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon water

Instructions

    To Make The Dough
  1. Sift flour into a large bowl. Add salt and chilled, cubed butter. Using your fingertips or a pastry cutter, mix together until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, chilled water and vinegar and add to flour mixture.Combine until well incorporated.
  3. Empty onto a lightly floured surface and knead just enough to bring the dough together. Cut dough in half and form each half into a rectangle. Chill for at least 1 hour.
  4. To Make the Filling
  5. In a heavy skillet heat olive oil over medium heat.
  6. Add onions, red bell peppers and garlic and saute until softened. Add Alderwood Smoked Salt, Ancho Chili Powder and Mexican Oregano, and saute for about 1 minute.
  7. Add ground beef, breaking up any lumps and cook until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add olives and mix well. Taste for seasoning, adjust as needed. Pour into a bowl and refrigerate until chilled.
  8. To Assemble the Empanadas
  9. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  10. Remove chilled dough from the refrigerator. Cut each rectangle into 12 pieces. Form into discs and cover with a towel.
  11. On a lightly floured surface, take one of the pieces and roll it out into a circle (about 1/8 inch thick). Holding the circle in the palm of your hand, place 2 heaping teaspoons of the chilled filling in the center.
  12. Fold the two edges of the circle together over the filling. Press the edges to seal. Using a fork dipped in flour, crimp the edges so the filling won't escape.
  13. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat the process with the remaining dough and filling. Lightly brush the empanadas with egg wash.
  14. Bake until golden, about 25 minutes. They are done if they sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  15. Transfer to a wire rack and cool for at least 5 minutes.
  16. Serve with salsa and sour cream.
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Dolmades for Greek Easter

If you thought that the Easter fun was over far too soon, not to fear! Greek Easter is this coming Sunday, and awash with delicious traditions all its own. Not to be missed are these tasty little pockets of meat, rice, and nuts, expertly seasoned with our savory and tangy El Greco blend. They’re called “dolmas” in the singular, and “dolmades” when referring to the scores of them you’ll eat once you’ve had a taste of their perfect balance of Mediterranean flavors, all wrapped in a convenient little two-bite gnosh. All of the ingredients ought to be readily available in most markets, including grape leaves, which often come in cans or jars. If you’ve got a grape vine over an arbor, fresh work wonderfully, too; just poach them a bit of salted water with a half a lemon thrown in. Admittedly a little time-consuming, the dolmades can be prepared 2 to 3 days before serving, and refrigerated  or frozen until you’re ready to use them.  If you do freeze them, they can be thawed overnight in the refrigerator, and gently heated with a little broth or water before serving. You’ll find them more than worth the effort! Kalo Pascha!

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Stuffed Grape Leaves

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 pound lean ground lamb
1/2 cup short-grain rice
1/4 cup El Greco
1/2 cup dill
1/3 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Freshly ground Tellicherry Black Pepper
1-1 quart jar grape leave in brine, well rinsed
3/4 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 lemon, thinly sliced for garnish

Instructions

    For the Filling
  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet.
  2. Add onion and saute until translucent.
  3. Add meat, stirring to break up pieces.
  4. Add rice, dill, El Greco, pine nuts, water and tomato paste.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Cook over medium heat until water is absorbed, about 10 minutes.
  7. To Stuff The Grape Leaves
  8. Cover the bottom of a Dutch oven with a layer of grape leaves.
  9. Stuff remaining leaves by placing leaf (shiny side down) on the palm of your hand, with the base of leaf the toward your wrist and tip pointing to your middle finger.
  10. Put a spoonful of meat mixture in center.
  11. Fold the base of the leaf over the filling, then fold sides of leaf over (like an envelope), tucking the edges in snugly
  12. Arrange, tip side down, (to prevent unrolling) in the Dutch oven.
  13. To Cook The Stuffed Grape Leaves
  14. Add broth to Dutch oven within 1 inch of top layer of stuffed grape leaves.
  15. Use any left over leaves to cover top layer.
  16. Place a heat-proof plate upside down over the top layer of dolmas, and press firmly.
  17. Cover and cook over medium heat until rice is tender, about 30 minutes.
  18. Sprinkle with lemon juice and cook 5 minutes longer.
  19. Let cool to room temperature, or chill thoroughly.
  20. Serve garnished with lemon slices and a little greek yoghurt for dipping.
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