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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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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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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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Harissa and Vegetable Couscous

This recipe has been a long time coming. Hardly anyone who comes in to the shop — spice masters and novices alike — can pass over the North African section without some long, lingering sniffs. The spices from that region are so exotic, in their perfect union of sweet-spicy-aromatic. “How do you use the Harissa?” is one of the most common questions following the exclamations of delight, and though my fellow merchants and I have written versions of this recipe on many a business card, envelope, and scratch paper, it’s about time it took its place among our favorites here on the blog.

The tender-crisp vegetables and fluffy cous cous are a perfect vehicle for this sumptuous sauce; our version of the traditional Tunisian red pepper condiment that is so ubiquitous in Northern Africa. The cumin, coriander, and caraway add complexity and depth, with the guajillos lending just enough heat to be interesting without being overwhelming. You can also try the Harissa sauce on grilled meats or eggplant — or even on halibut!

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Harissa and Vegetable Couscous

Ingredients

For the Harissa –
 
6 ounce can of tomato paste
12 ounce jar roasted peppers
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small red onion, chopped
2 tablespoons Harissa, ground
1-1/2 teaspoon garlic granules
1/3 cup olive oil
¼ cup red wine vinegar
4 green onions, sliced thinly
 
For the couscous –
 
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 small sweet onion, chopped
6 large garlic cloves, chopped
2-1/4 cup vegetable broth
1 cup dried apricots, chopped
1 small acorn or butternut squash (cut into ½ inch cubes)
1 small cauliflower, florets cut into small pieces
1 medium zucchini (cut into ½ inch cubes)
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 teaspoons turmeric
1 teaspoon ginger powder
1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper
6 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
¾ cup fresh or thawed green peas
½ cup chopped cilantro
1-1/2 cups couscous

Instructions

  1. To make the Harissa – In a small saute pan on medium heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil. When hot, add the chopped red onion, and saute until it starts to get a little color. Meanwhile, in a blender, combine the tomato paste, roasted peppers, Harissa, garlic granules, 1/3 cup olive oil and red wine vinegar. Pulse until it’s still a little chunky. (You can also puree it until it’s smooth.)
  2. Transfer to a bowl and add salt to taste. Add the sauteed red onions and green onions and mix well. (You can prepare this ahead of time – let it get to room temperature before serving. If you have any leftovers, it will keep well in the refrigerator. This works well as a condiment to any meal.)
  3. To make the Couscous – In a large Dutch oven, heat the oil over low heat. Saute the onion and garlic until translucent. Add stock, dried apricots, squash, zucchini, cauliflower florets, chickpeas, turmeric, ginger powder and Aleppo pepper, stirring well. Turn up the heat and bring to a boil. Place the cover on the pot, reducing the heat to medium and simmer until the vegetables are tender, but still a bit crispy. This should take about 5 minutes.
  4. Then mix in the diced tomatoes, peas, cilantro and couscous. Remove the pot from the heat, cover and let stand 10 minutes. (This will cook the couscous.)
  5. Remove the lid and fluff the couscous with a fork. Transfer to a serving dish and drizzle some of the Harissa onto the couscous, serving the rest of the Harissa on the side.
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