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Get Your Sausage-Making on with Chorizo Bomb!

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… well, 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

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 chopped cilantro
  • 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 and blend. Add the blended ingredients to the ground meat and mix by hand.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

North African Merguez Sausage

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, break apart the ground meat into manageable pieces.
  2. In a blender, combine the rest of the ingredients and blend. Add the blended ingredients to the ground meat and mix well.
  3. 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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Chimichurri Meets Grill

Rule #1 of the Spice Merchant’s Camping Handbook: Just because you are sleeping on the ground, doesn’t mean you have to eat franks and beans! We took Chimichurri sauce camping with us this weekend, and the results were fantastic! We had Chimichurri flank steak for dinner plated up with Voodoo grilled zucchini and followed by Dutch Oven peach and huckleberry cobbler, cause that’s how we roll. (For great information on using a Dutch Oven click here.)

Chimichurri steak

Classic Argentinian Chimichurri sauce combines the almost apricot flavor of the aji mirasols, the peppery sweetness of guajillo and New Mexico chiles, and the earthiness of oregano, cumin and bay with fresh herbs, citrus, plenty of garlic, vinegar and oil, to create a sauce that you’ll find excuse after excuse to use. It couldn’t be easier to make– just throw the sauce ingredients together in a blender and voila! You’re headed down, down to flavor town.

When used as a marinade, the grill fire tames the acidity of the vinegar, enhances the sweetness of the citrus, and intensifies the heat of the chiles. Another drizzle of sauce to finish leaves any cut of meat, beef especially, perfectly balanced in that sweet-tart-spicy-meaty union that screams “summer food” the world over. The flavors of Chimichurri sauce bloom over time, melding together and becoming even more cohesive, so make enough to keep in the fridge for about a month. Insider tip: A “month’s worth” is double what you think it is.

Chimichurri Flank Steak

Chimichurri Flank Steak

Ingredients

    For the Chimichurri Sauce
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons Chimichurri Spice
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups canola or vegetable oil
  • Murray River flake salt, to taste
  • 1 or 2 limes, juiced plus extra for serving with the steak
  • For the Steak
  • 2 - 3 lbs. flank steak

Instructions

    For the Chimichurri Sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend. Pour into a glass jar with good seal. It will keep for a couple of months in the refrigerator...and just keep getting better. Give it a good shake before using.
  2. For the Steak
  3. Put the flank steak in a large resealable bag, and add enough of the Chimichurri Sauce to thoroughly coat the steak. Squeeze all of the air out of the bag, and seal. Place bag on a plate and put in the refrigerator. Marinate for at least 2 hours, but overnight is even better.
  4. You can either grill or broil this flank steak. When your coals are hot and ready for cooking, take the flank steak out of the bag, but make sure that it still has some of the Chimichurri Sauce coating it when you put it on the grill.
  5. Grill or broil it to your desired doneness, being sure to get good grill marks on both sides. When you take it off the grill, allow it to rest for 5 - 10 minutes.
  6. Slice the steak against the grain, put it on a platter (no sneaking a piece!), and drizzle with more Chimichurri Sauce. Serve it with a little bowl of sauce and some fresh cut up limes on the side.

Notes

You can mix some cilantro in with the parsley for extra flavor.

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Aleppo Pepper Basil Lemonade

Now that the 4th of July has passed, summer has truly begun in Seattle. The sun is shining, the BBQ is fired-up, and a wild game of badminton is underway. The players and onlookers are thirsty, and I’ve got just the thing. This refreshing lemonade is perfect for hot summer afternoons like these. The soothing taste of fragrant basil and the zesty flavor of ruby-red Aleppo pepper create a delicious, thirst quenching treat. The simple syrup can be used to make wonderful cocktails as well. Many thanks to our good friend Carol Peterman for sharing her recipe with us.

aleppo basil lemonade

 

 

Aleppo Pepper Basil Lemonade

Aleppo Pepper Basil Lemonade

Ingredients

    Aleppo Pepper Basil Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 oz fresh basil (leaves and stems)
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Aleppo pepper
  • Lemonade
  • 3/4 cup Aleppo Pepper Basil Simple Syrup
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups water
  • Sprigs of fresh basil and slices of lemon (for garnish)

Instructions

    For Simple Syrup
  1. Combine all of the ingredients for the simple syrup together in a medium-sized sauce pan and bring to a boil. Let the syrup boil for 5 minutes and then remove from the heat.
  2. Be sure to let cool to room temperature before using it for the lemonade. Once it has cooled, strain and refrigerate it for use in beverages.
  3. For Lemonade
  4. Combine the simple syrup, fresh lemon juice and water in a large pitcher. Stir to combine, and chill until ready to serve. Pour over ice, adding fresh basil sprigs and lemon slices for a garnish.

Notes

Thank you to our good friend and spice goddess, Carol Peterman of TableFare, for this fantastic recipe!

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Grilling Season: Charcoal vs. Gas

steak on the grill

Grilling Season always begins with this heated debate: Is grilling with charcoal better, or grilling with gas?

Frankly, it depends on what you want. There are plenty of grills available, with bell and whistles ranging from none to outrageously extravagant. Because you’re here reading the Silk Road Diary, however, we’d like to believe that what you’re after is flavor and lots of it.

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When it comes to flavor, charcoal wins. Fire equals flavor. Just take a look at the photo on the right, from Adam Perry Lang’s awesome grilling-centric book, Charred and Scruffed.

Does that steak look delicious or dirty to you? If you answered delicious, then you’re not alone, and neither is anyone else who grills with charcoal and charcoal only.

If you answered dirty, then you may be the person that prefers lady propane. Your neighborhood propane dealer will surely point out the high level of convenience- no lighter fluid, no matches, no chimney, just clean burning gas. Gas grill lovers also enjoy the ability to adjust grill temps with the twist of a knob. While it is possible to adjust and focus heat where you want it with charcoal, it requires a little more skill than knowing clockwise from counter-clockwise.

The debate rages on. We stand in defense of flavor, but we also realize that not everyone who grills this season is grilling for the first time ever. You may already own a gas grill, charcoal grill, or even an authentic George Foreman electric grill. Regardless of what you’re grilling with, you can always punch up the flavor factor with one of our Dry Rubs for grilling. Believe it!

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Smoky BBQ Pork

Pork shoulder is one of the most inexpensive cuts of meat, and you can find it almost anywhere. The lean meat is punctuated with ribbons of fat, which self-bastes the pork as it cooks slow and oh-so-low. While the meat is fabulously tender, it doesn’t boast much inherent flavor… which is where our Smoky BBQ Rub comes in. This spice blend, combined with beer, forms a marinade that infuses a wonderful smoked flavor deep in to the roast- you won’t believe it came from the oven. Banana leaves are a nod to traditional Mexican carnitas, effectively steaming the meat as it cooks slowly, holding in the moisture, while imparting some of their own nutty, grassy flavor. They can be purchased in many Latin and Asian markets. You can sometimes find them fresh, but they’ll often be frozen, which works just as well.

Smoky BBQ

 

Smoky BBQ Pork

Smoky BBQ Pork

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds pork shoulder
  • 1 tablespoon Smoky BBQ Rub
  • 1 tablespoon choppd garlic
  • 1/2 cup light beer
  • 2 teaspoons Mexican oregano
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 4 large banana leaves

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together Smoky BBQ, garlic, beer and Mexican oregano. Place the pork in the bowl with the spice marinade and massage into the pork. Add diced onion and mix well. Marinate for three to six hours.
  3. Holding both ends of a banana leaf, slowly drag leaf over a burner on moderately high heat until the leaf slightly changes color and become shiny. Turn leaf over and toast other side in the same fashion, then repeat process with remaining leaves.
  4. Line roasting pan with 3 of the toasted banana leaves, shiny side down. Let excess hang over sides allowing enough excess to cover pork. Transfer pork mixture to banana-lined pan and fold overhanging leaves over pork to enclose completely. Use 4th leaf if needed.
  5. Roast for 4-5 hours, or until pork is tender and can be easily shredded with a fork. Allow pork to cool slightly, and shred into just larger than bite-sized pieces with two forks, and spread out on a cookie sheet.
  6. Turn your broiler on high, and adjust the oven rack to the upper 1/3 of the oven. Broil the shreds of pork for just a few minutes, until the fat sizzles and the edges of the shreds become golden and crisp.
  7. Serve as filling for tacos, alongside beans and rice or with classic American BBQ fare.
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Rooster Grilled Artichokes with Spicy Garlic Mayonaise

Seattle’s local farmers have been showcasing artichokes for a few weeks now, so what better produce to highlight one of our newest blends, Rooster Spice! Inspired by everyone’s favorite Vietnamese hot sauce, Rooster Spice packs a wallop of heat, but boasts a delicious complexity that will keep you coming back.  It’s the perfect accompaniment to these artichokes, or really anything else your market basket can throw at it.

Grilled Artichokes with Rooster Spice

 

Rooster Grilled Artichokes with Spicy Garlic Mayonaise

Rooster Grilled Artichokes with Spicy Garlic Mayonaise

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Fill a Dutch oven with water, add the juice of 1 lemon and the bay leaf.
  2. Trim leaves from the top of artichoke, remove outer layers of leaves from the stem end and snip all remaining spiky tips from the outer leaves. Trim an inch off the bottom of the stem and use a vegetable peeler to remove the fibrous outer layer.
  3. As each artichoke is prepared in this way, drop it into the lemon water to prevent from turning brown.
  4. When artichokes are prepared, cover the pan and bring to a boil. Boil until the base of the stem can be pierced with a fork, about 12-15 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let stand until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, combine garlic, lemon juice, and Rooster Spice with the mayonnaise. Mix well. Transfer to a serving dish and chill until needed.
  6. Preheat grill to medium.
  7. Slice the artichoke in half lengthwise. Scoop out the choke and first few inner layers in the center until the bottom is revealed. Brush each half with olive oil and sprinkle with Murray River Flake Salt and Rooster Spice.
  8. Grill the artichokes until tender and lightly charred, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a serving platter, squeeze half a lemon over them and garnish with remaining lemon wedges.
  9. Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled alongside Spicy Garlic Mayonnaise.
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