Chef Courtney Contos from www.chefcontos.com joins us to talk about a unique holiday gift idea, or something to spice up your recipes this season.
Learn the techniques to making pungent spice blends that are heavenly and elevate cooking to another level. It's a totally fun and easy project for the kitchen crafter with just a few minutes to spare. Flavored salts are so versatile, they spruce up just about anything, thus they have the power to completely transform a recipe. The perfect addition to your kitchen pantry and a great gift for any occasion. Get creative and have fun!
Some uses for flavored salts:
Sprinkle on chips, potato wedges/fries, salads, eggs, steamed vegetables, pasta, meat, seafood, soups, in sandwiches or incorporate to spreads, dips, sauces and dressings.
*Herb salts - poultry, fish, beef, veal, pork, lamb, rubs, vegetables, soups, stews, braises, stuffings, breads, eggs, rice, pasta, dipping oils, dressings and dips.
*Spicy salts - beef, veal pork, poultry, fish, eggs, rice, popcorn, soups, stews, rubs, pasta, potatoes, sauces, couscous, dips, dressings and dipping oils.
*Mushroom salt - beef, veal pork, poultry, eggs, rice, popcorn, soups, pasta, potatoes, cream sauces and dipping oils.
*Seedy salts - vegetables, breads, soups, dips and salad dressings.
*Citrus salts - fish, seafood, chicken, potatoes, rice, pasta and salad dressings.
Some Flavor Combinations Ideas:
Tuscan Herb Salt
Provence (lavender, rosemary, thyme, sage, oregano)
Roasted Garlic Salt
Celery Salt Salt
Lemon Thyme Salt
Spicy Habanero Salt
Curried Indian Salt
Shitake Mushroom Salt
Meyer Lemon Salt
Kaffir Lime & Lemongrass
Caribbean (Lime, Ginger, Cumin)
Lemon Sesame Salt
The Greek (lemon oregano)
Fennel seed, lemon, vanilla
Lavender, rosemary, thyme
Lime lemongrass, chile, ginger
Sichuan peppercorn, chile, ginger
Porcini Mushroom Salt
1 ounce of chopped procini mushrooms1 cup of kosher salt or sea salt
Using a powerful food processor, finely dice the mushrooms.
Once chopped, in a large bowl add the mushrooms and the salt. Mix well.
Package the salt in small jars or tins.
2 lemons, zested
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 teaspoon or more of red pepper flakes
2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary1 cup kosher salt or sea salt
Add all ingredients into a food processor and pulse into nicely mixed but not over mixed. Package up the salt in small jars or tins.