Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Spice Mix a Day....

Savory dishes require the use of herbs and spices. Certainly, you can venture out to your local grocery store and buy myriad spice mixes. But why do that? Make your own instead is my motto. And that's what I've done in the case of most of my spice mixes.

Let's start with a simple mix that I use as a dry rub for meats and an all-around spice mix. One point of interest here....if "sweetness" doesn't fit the dish, don't use this spice mix, as it has brown sugar in it.

Here's my recipe...

10 tsp paprika
5 tsp black pepper
6 1/4 tsp lite salt
6-8 tsp brown sugar(more or less to your level of sweetness)
1 1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 1/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp cayenne powder(or more of you like spicy)

This is an excellent all-around spice mix and one that you should try on meats(mmm...burgers), poultry(grilled chicken breasts), grilled potatoes, french fries, onion rings, eggs and just about anything else. The use of lite salt keeps the sodium at a reasonable level. I keep mine in a shaker next to the stove. Don't keep it too close though. The heat from the stove will degrade the spices.

As an aside, some folks put monosodium glutamate(MSG, Accent(TM)) in their spice mixes. OH THE HORROR!!!!! I would never even think about it!

Be well, eat well, love well & live long!

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