Main Meals

Sassy Short Ribs

We love all things sassy, and these short ribs are no exception. The bold flavor of our Sassy Steak Spice is infused into every bite along with orange marmalade and fresh oregano for an impeccable flavor combination. The great charm in this dish is the layers of flavor developed by adding spices in stages along the way, and finishing with fresh herbs… who says you can’t have it all? The melt-in-your-mouth beef is pretty good too.

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Sassy Short Ribs

Sassy Short Ribs

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 3 pounds small bone-in beef short ribs
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Sassy Steak Spice, divided
  • 3/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh oregano, divided

Instructions

  1. Add the oil to a heavy, medium skillet, over medium heat. Working in batches- brown the short ribs, about 2 minutes each side. Transfer the seared ribs to a platter or bowl.
  2. Add the chopped onion to the skillet and sauté until soft, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle the Sassy Steak Spice over the onion and cook one minute more. Lower the heat and add the marmalade, cooking just long enough to melt it with the onion. Transfer the mixture to the insert of a 5-6 quart slow cooker, scraping out every tasty bit!
  3. Add the chicken broth, red wine and soy sauce to the cooker and stir to combine. Now nestle the ribs into the sauce and cook on high for 5-6 hours or low for 9 hours, until the meat is fork tender. Don't peek while it is cooking! You want all those luscious flavors to circulate for the whole cooking time.
  4. At the end of the cooking time, transfer the ribs to a serving platter and then strain the sauce into a fat-separator. Remove the strained bits of meat and onion to top the ribs on the serving platter and, after the fat has separated, pour the de-fatted sauce into a medium saucepan.
  5. Add the remaining teaspoon of Sassy Steak Spice and simmer the sauce 4-6 minutes to reduce and concentrate the flavors. Add 1 teaspoon of the oregano and cook 1 minute more.
  6. Pour the sauce over the ribs and garnish with the remaining teaspoon of oregano.
  7. Serve with brown or white rice, and lightly sautéed chard and/or bok choy.
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Tip: For those of you with slow cooker inserts that are stovetop safe, go ahead and use it in place of the skillet to start the sauce and save a dish!

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Take Out-Fake Out: Lemon Chicken

Many foods convey a sense of place. Unless you are lucky enough to be in China, there’s no doubt that Chinese food tastes best delivered on a stormy night in the 212 area code. But for those of us outside the delivery area, there has to be an alternative and this is it – Take-Out/Fake-Out: Lemon Chicken.

Lemon Chicken

While it may not be as easy as dialing up the Chelsea Big Wok, this juicy crockpot lemon chicken is the next best thing. Set it and forget it, and at the end of the day just stir fry your favorite vegetables to serve alongside and enjoy. We have tried many spice blends in this dish and they are ALL fantastic, so whether you are in the mood for a little Thai Seasoning or Indonesian Ayam, take your pick, it is hard to go wrong with lemon chicken.

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Take Out-Fake Out: Lemon Chicken

Take Out-Fake Out: Lemon Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2-3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Thai Seasoning, divided
  • 1 teaspoon Rooster Spice (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • Lemon wedges, Gomasio and sliced scallions for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Rinse the chicken thighs well, and pat dry.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the chicken broth, sliced onion, soy sauce, honey, 1/4 cup lemon juice, rice wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon Thai Seasoning and 1 teaspoon Rooster Spice. Stir the sauce well to combine, and pour it into a 5-6 quart crock pot.
  3. Nestle the chicken pieces in the sauce and cook on low for 4-5 hours, until the chicken easily pulls apart with a fork.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, remove the chicken from the crock pot and set aside. Adjust the crockpot to high heat.
  5. In a small measuring cup, mix together the arrowroot and cold water to make a slurry. Add the slurry to the sauce in the crockpot, then add the sesame oil, 1 additional teaspoon Thai Seasoning and remaining 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Allow the sauce to simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened.
  6. Adjust the heat setting to warm or low, and return the chicken to the crockpot and gently shred the pieces before serving.
  7. Serve with rice and vegetables, and garnish with a lemon wedge, Gomasio and sliced scallions. Some folks like an extra sprinkle of Rooster Spice as well.
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Pasilla Oaxaca Vegetable Soup

Sometimes it’s hard to get enough of a good thing, and that is certainly true with Pasilla Oaxaca chiles. Every summer we run out of the small crop of these rare chiles, and celebrate when they are harvested again in the fall. They come only from the Oaxaca region of southern Mexico and combine a rich dose of smoky chile flavor with just the right level of heat- not too much. We are thrilled, because this years crop just arrived!

Use Pasilla Oaxaca in your favorite recipe for chili or vegetable soup, or try this creative Afro-Latin fusion. We’ve used both our Harissa spice blend, traditional in North Africa, and the Pasilla Oaxaca chile to season a chunky melange of carrots, zucchini, okra and black eyed peas in this satisfying fall soup. Enjoy!

Recipes

Pasilla Oaxaca Vegetable Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon avocado or vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1/2 teaspoon ground Harissa, divided
  • 2-3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1- 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup dried black eyed-peas, pre-soaked
  • 1 Pasilla Oaxaca chile, whole
  • 2 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced okra, fresh or frozen
  • 4 cups chopped kale

Instructions

  1. In a large soup pot over medium heat, sauté the onion, salt and 1 teaspoon Harissa in 1 tablespoon of oil until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the carrots and continue cooking until they change color and begin to sweat, about 3 minutes more. Add the apple cider vinegar to deglaze the pan.
  3. Add the tomatoes, vegetable broth, black eyed peas and Pasilla Oaxaca and bring to a boil. Simmer 30 minutes until the beans begin to soften.
  4. While the soup is simmering, in a separate pan, sauté the zucchini in the remaining 1 teaspoon of avocado oil with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of Harissa for 3-5 minutes until golden.
  5. Add the sautéed zucchini, okra and kale to the soup pot and simmer an additional 15 minutes. Remove the Pasilla Oaxaca before serving.

Notes

**Chef tip!** It is worth the extra effort to sauté the zucchini with some spices before boiling them in the soup pot. This allows the flavors to be fully absorbed by the zucchini, and creates a nice texture too.

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Pasilla Oaxaca are traditional in molé sauces, rellenos and salsas but are also SUPER easy to use whole if you want fabulous flavor in your next hearty fall soup. Just drop one in and remove before serving…like a bay leaf!

 

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Baharat Rib-Eye

Enjoy this sneak peek from the upcoming release of World Spice at Home, by World Spice Merchant Amanda Bevill and cookbook author Julie Kramis Hearne. Available September 30th 2014!

Necessity is the mother of invention, and this beautiful pairing is a classic example. When we found ourselves out of our favorite steak rub one night, we had baharat on hand and whipped this up. Now there is a new favorite in the house. Baharat adds aromatic elements of cinnamon and allspice to a simple meat rub, and it transforms the rib-eye with unexpected flavors. The earthiness of the mushrooms is a nice complement to the spices and steak. We like to serve this with garlic mashed potatoes.

Baharat Ribeye

Baharat Rib-Eye

Serving Size: Makes 6 servings

Baharat Rib-Eye

Ingredients

    For the mushrooms:
  • 2 pounds mixed cremini, chanterelle, and other mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons extra- virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced shallot
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 yellow onion, halved and cut into ½-inch slices
  • For the rub:
  • 3 tablespoons ground Baharat
  • 1½ tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • For the steak:
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 (1-pound) rib-eye steaks (about 1-inch thick)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the ovento 375 degrees.
  2. In a 10- to 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat, add the mushrooms and cook until any moisture from the mushrooms releases and evaporates. Add 1 tablespoon each of the butter and olive oil, and the shallot and cook until the mushrooms start to crisp up and turn golden. Sprinkle with the thyme, ½ teaspoon of the salt, and ¼ teaspoon of the pepper. Transfer to a plate. In the same skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon each butter and olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the onion and sauté for 30 minutes, stirring gently every 4 to 5 minutes. Turn the heat down to low if the onions are cooking too quickly. Once caramelized, sprinkle with the remaining salt and pepper. Return the mushrooms to the skillet, stir, and set aside.
  3. To make the rub, stir together the baharat, brown sugar, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Generously rub the steaks on both sides.
  4. To prepare the steaks, in a 10- to 12-inch cast-iron skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the steaks and cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until a nice golden crust forms. Transfer the steaks in the pan to the oven. Continue cooking for 6 minutes for medium-rare. Remove from the oven, loosely cover with foil, and allow the steaks to rest for at least 5 minutes. Reheat the skillet with the mushrooms for several minutes, or until nice and hot. Slice the steaks into ½-inch-thick slices and serve half of a rib-eye to each guest with the mushroom mixture on the side.
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*(c)2014 By Amanda Bevill and Julie Kramis Hearne. All rights reserved. Excerpted from World Spice at Home: New Flavors for 75 Favorite Dishes by permission of Sasquatch Books.

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Grilled Ayam with Peanut Sauce

Ayam Grilled Chicken

Okay, I’ve “tested” this recipe many more times than was truly necessary because it is so easy, healthy and delicious. Our new Indonesian Ayam is the star- gracing the chicken and the peanut sauce with a notable but not overpowering melange of Indonesian spicing. Serve with grilled pineapple and fresh mixed greens and you’ve got a fabulous tropical salad for your next barbecue. If you want a little more with your meal, cook up some saffron rice to serve alongside.

Grilled Ayam with Peanut Sauce

Grilled Ayam with Peanut Sauce

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons ground Indonesian Ayam Spice, divided
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Instructions

  1. To make the sauce, combine 3 tablespoons of the Indonesian Ayam Spice with the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, peanut butter, cilantro, lemon juice, honey and sesame oil in a 1 quart jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake well.
  2. Rinse the chicken thighs and pat dry. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons of the Indonesian Ayam Spice and rub the seasoning into the meat. Transfer the seasoned meat to a large ziplock bag and pour half of the sauce over the meat. Reserve the remainder of the sauce for dipping or dressing at the table.
  3. Squeeze the air out of the bag and seal it. Place the meat in the refrigerator and allow to marinate 1-3 hours.
  4. Grill the meat over medium-high heat for about 20 minutes, until it is cooked through.
  5. Serve over mixed leafy greens- baby chard, kale, bok choy, tat soi- with grilled pineapple. Top with additional peanut sauce.
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Voodoo Shrimp and Grits

Have you ever eaten something so good that it induces a trance? Well, check out our Voodoo Shrimp and Grits. This classic dish features our best-selling spice blend Voodoo, a robust seasoning which includes onion, garlic, whole mustard seeds, thyme and allspice on a base of peppercorns and sea salts. We are excited to share Voodoo Shrimp and Grits just in time for Mardis Gras. French for Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras refers to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. With no shortage of richness, this recipe could be the inspiration for your own Mardi Gras ritual.

Voodoo Shrimp and Grits

 

Voodoo Shrimp and Grits

Voodoo Shrimp and Grits

Ingredients

    For the Grits
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups stone ground grits or polenta
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 1 stick butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground Tellicherry black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Voodoo
  • For the Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 andouille sausages
  • 1 medium sweet onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dulce pimenton
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • 1 1/2 cups fish stock or shrimp stock made from reserved shells
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Voodoo

Instructions

    For the Grits:
  1. Put water in a large pot and bring to a rolling boil. Add salt and slowly sprinkle in grits while stirring with a wooden spoon, then add the half-and-half and return to a simmer.
  2. Cook the grits slowly, over low heat for 30-40 minutes until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Stir in butter, Tellicherry black pepper and Voodoo. Continue to cook grits until they are smooth and creamy.
  3. Hold covered, in a warm spot, while you finish preparing the shrimp and sauce.
  4. For the Sauce:
  5. In a heavy saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat and brown the andouille sausage. Once the sausage begins to brown, about 3-4 minutes, remove from pan and set aside.
  6. Season both sides of the shrimp with a sprinkle of Voodoo and sear over medium high heat for about a minute on each side, working in batches to not crowd the pan. Remove from pan and set aside.
  7. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to pan. Add cooked sausage onion, pepper, garlic and spices. Sauté for 3 minutes, until the onion is tender and translucent.
  8. Add stock and bring to boil, gently scrape the bottom of the pan to remove any flavorful bits on the bottom of the pan. Reduce heat and slowly add the cream.
  9. Bring up to a simmer and allow to reduce until sauce begins to thicken slightly, about 10 minutes.
  10. Once thickened, add seared shrimp and simmer until the shrimp are just cooked, about 2-3 minutes.
  11. When the sauce is finished, rewarm the grits and serve in a shallow bowl with the sauce spooned over the grits. Finish with Voodoo to taste.
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