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Tagged With: Lamb

Advieh-Spiced Persian Meatballs

Lamb is the perfect pairing for our version of the signature Persian spice blend, Advieh, and this easy meatball recipe will have a flavor feast on your table in no time. You can serve them on a bed of greens, over grains or as a sandwich or as a wrap. Garnish with feta, mint, parsley, and pomegranate seeds and complement with a tangy sumac salad dressing or a mellow creamy tzatziki.  Fabulous! Our version uses Panko bread crumbs as the binder, but for a gluten free option, you could use lentils, quinoa, or gluten free bread crumbs.

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Advieh-Spiced Persian Meatballs

Ingredients

1 pound lean ground lamb
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
½ red onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
½ tablespoon chopped mint
1 egg
½ teaspoon Lampong Black Peppercorns, ground
1 teaspooon Sumac
1 tablespoon Advieh, ground
¼ cup Panko bread crumb

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a small skillet, add one tablespoon olive oil and saute the onion and garlic over medium heat until softened, set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the egg, and then add the remaining ingredients along with the sautéed onion and garlic and mix well.
  4. Form the meat mixture into golf-ball sized meatballs.
  5. Pour 1 tablespoon of oil into a shallow Dutch oven or cast iron skillet and heat to medium. Add the meatballs and sear them, turning once, 1-2 minutes per side. Work in small batches until all the meatballs are seared. Then put all the meatballs back in the pan.
  6. Place the pan in the oven and cook 10-15 minutes until meatballs are cooked through.
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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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Get Your Sausage-Making on with Chorizo Bomb!

Chorizo is great on the grill!

Chorizo is great on the grill!

World Spice Merchant‘s new Chorizo Bomb spice blend  has been a favorite of our restaurant clients for years, so it was no surprise that it started flying off the shelves as soon as we started offering it to our retail family. This versatile blend can be used to make a Mexican-style chorizo, or even a North African –style merguez sausage — as links or patties. It pulls double, triple, and quadruple duty as a great grill seasoning, taco and fajita spice, or in simple beans and rice. A little smoky from the Pasilla Oaxacas, sweet smoked paprika, and Chipotle flakes, a little herbaceous from the generous dose of oregano, thyme, and marjoram, and a bit sweet from the Hungarian paprika — you’ll see, there’s a reason we call it the “bomb!”

So, how do you use it? We’re testing additional recipes right now, but in the meantime, here are easy patty-making recipes for both Mexican chorizo and North African mergeuz sausage. For additional inspiration, check out HuffpostTaste’s published list of the “The Best Recipes that Use Chorizo.”

P.S. If you decide to go all D.I.Y. homemade, here’s a great article explaining how to grind your own meat for patties as well as case up your sausage links: how to make your own sausage.

Mexican-style Chorizo Sausage

Ingredients

2 pounds ground pork or turkey
4 tablespoons Chorizo Bomb
1-1/2 teaspoons Alderwood Smoked Salt
6 cloves garlic, smashed
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup water or beer

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, break apart your ground meat into manageable chunks.
  2. In a blender, combine the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Add the blended ingredients to the ground meat and mix by hand.
  4. When thoroughly mixed, you will want to check to see if it's seasoned to your taste. To do so, take a little bit of the chorizo, flatten it out, then cook it in a small frying pan over medium heat until it's completely cooked through. Taste it to see if it has enough salt or seasoning. If not, then add either more salt or more Chorizo Bomb.
  5. If you like the seasoning, then you can go ahead and cook the remaining chorizo mixture or store it. The raw mixture will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of days, but also freezes well. You can portion it into patties for breakfast and/or for burgers, or just use it in recipes.
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North African Merguez Sausage

Ingredients

2 pounds ground lamb or beef
1/3 cup chopped roasted red pepper
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
4 tablespoons Chorizo Bomb
1-1/2 teaspoons Alderwood Smoked Salt
6 cloves garlic, smashed
1/2 cup red wine

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, break apart the ground meat into manageable pieces.
  2. In a blender, combine the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Add the blended ingredients to the ground meat and mix well. When thoroughly mixed, you will want to check to see if it's seasoned to your taste. To do so, take a little bit of the mergeuz, flatten it out, then cook it in a small frying pan over medium heat until it's completely cooked through. Taste it to see if it has enough salt or seasoning. If not, then add either more salt or more Chorizo Bomb.
  4. If you like the seasoning, then you can go ahead and cook the remaining merguez mixture or store it. This will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of days, but also freezes well. You can portion it into patties for breakfast and/or for burgers, or just use it in recipes.
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Superhero Shawarma – Just Ask the Avengers!

Shawarma- Avenger approved.

5 Shawarma- Avenger approved.

“Do you have shawarma spice?” is a request we hear often – and if you’ve tasted it, you know why! If you’re yet unfamiliar, shawarma is an Arabic and Middle Eastern street food, traditionally prepared on a rotating spit over an open fire. The open flame cooks the meat to juicy perfection on the inside, with a crisp crust on the outside. Slivers are sliced off the spit all day long, and stuffed in to pitas overflowing with tomatoes, cucumber, tahini, or hummus. It’s a “four napkin” sandwich – meat juices running together with creamy sauce, punctuated by crisp vegetables and fresh herbs. It’s even the official food of superheroes, if you believe 2012′s “The Avengers” movie… and we do!

Spice merchants are curious merchants, so with the first inquiry, we were pouring over cookbooks to find exactly what would be in a Shawarma blend. We turned to Yotam Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem for our initial inspiration and reveled in the heavy use of spices, including, cloves, cardamom, fenugreek, cinammon, nutmeg, fennel, cumin, star anise, sumac, and coriander just to name a few. Our test kitchen is without the traditional rotisserie setup, so we grilled our marinated shawarma instead. Tucked in to warm pitas with all the traditional accompaniments, we’re confident that our version will earn Iron Man’s seal of approval, and yours too.

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Lamb Shawarma

Ingredients

1 tablespoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds, ground
1 teaspoon fennel seeds, ground
2 teaspoons Tellicherry black pepper, ground
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon cardamom seeds, ground
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon Hungarian paprika
1 teaspoon tumeric
1/2 teaspoon Indian cayenne
1 tablespoon garlic granules
1 tablespoon sumac
2 1/2 teaspoons Murray River flake salt
1/2 cup cilantro, fresh
2 lemons, juiced
1 16 ounce container Greek yogurt
2 pounds lamb shoulder, cut into strips
2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, whisk together everything but the lamb and the oil
  2. Pout this marinade over the lamb and marinate for at least two hours but preferably overnight.
  3. To Cook Shawarma
  4. Prepare your grill- charcoal, preferably- to medium-high heat.
  5. Remove lamb from marinade, shaking off excess marinade to avoid burning.
  6. Grill the strips of meat directly over the flame. Once the pieces have some color, rotate them 180 degrees to get good, crosshatched grill marks and that toasty flavor- about five minutes.
  7. Repeat on the other side, brushing with the oil, until the desired internal temperature has been reached.
  8. Serve with salad of cucumbers, tomatoes, and parsley, yogurt and warmed pitas.
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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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Arabic Baharat Lamb Stew in Kabocha Squash

This recipe from our friends at Sunset breaks down the steps to sweet and savory success, using our Arabic Baharat. Don’t be concerned about tricky presentation. This lamb stew is delicious and easy to make.

This recipe from our friends at Sunset breaks down the steps to sweet and savory success.

 

Arabic Baharat Lamb Stew in Kabocha Squash

Yield: Serves 6

Ingredients

3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
3 lbs. lamb stew meat cut into 1-1/2" chunks
1 Tsp kosher salt divided
1/2 Tsp black pepper divided
3/4 lb. shallots peeled (cut in half if large)
2-1/4 cups chicken broth, divided (reduced-sodium recommended)
2 Tbsp Arabic Baharat, ground
1/4 cup white basmatic rice, rinsed
1-1/2 cups tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 kobocha squash (3-1/2 to 4 lbs.)
1-1/2 Tbsp sliced chives

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat. Sprinkle lamb with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Brown lamb in heated oil, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer lamb to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Reduce heat under pan to medium-high. Add 1 tablespoon oil, shallots and 1/4 cup broth to pan, and stir to loosen browned bits. Cook shallots, stirring occasionally, 7 to 10 minutes, until browned (add a splash of water if drippings start to darken).
  3. Return lamb to pan, sprinkle with Arabic Baharat, add 2 cups broth, and stir again. Cover pan and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 1 hour. (Add 1/4 cup broth if pan starts to dry). Stir in rice and tomatoes, and return to a boil while you prepare the squash.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°F. Use a short knife to carefully cut a 4-inch lid around squash stem, pry out with a blunt table knife, and scrape out seeds from squash and lid. Brush interior of squash and lid with remaning 1 tablespoon oil. Sprinkle interior of squash and lid with remaining 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper (tip to coat evenly).Set squash on rimmed baking sheet, and print with a fork in a few spots near the top.
  5. Remove stew from heat, carefully fill squash to capacity, and set lid in place. Bake until just tender inside when pierced, 70 to 90 minutes. Spoon any remaining stew into loaf pan, cover and bake 1 hr.
  6. Stir chives into squash and loaf pan just before serving. Carefully transfer sqash to serving platter with two wide spatulas (but don't worry if some splitting occurs).

Notes

Recipe and photo from Sunset Magazine, October 2010.

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