Create your own spice blends. Who knows maybe you’ll come up with something so spectacular it could go commercial. Toasting the spices releases more fragrance and seems to increase their impact, and you’ll enjoy the aroma. Kitchen aroma therapy’s the best! This blend or variations I use a lot. It’s super with grass-fed ground beef. I like to sauté a bit of chopped onion, bell pepper and crushed garlic in clean bacon drippings from farmstead pork. Add the beef and the spice blend as shown. The recipe below is what I used here, but let your own taste and imagination be your guide. Be sure to keep notes so you can change it or do it again. Have fun and enjoy!
Home-made Spice Blend
- 1 tablespoon whole black pepper corns
- 1 tablespoon whole white pepper corns
- 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme dry leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
- 1/4 teaspoon dill seed
- 1/4 teaspoon whole allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- *after blended 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
Toast all except paprika in dry pan on medium low heat. Give them a few gentle tosses. When the spices begin to release their fragrance remove from heat. Usually 3-4 minutes. Cool a bit and place in a spice grinder. I recommend a coffee grinder used only for spices. When all is granular add the paprika and give it a quick grind to mix. Use a funnel to place in a spice jar. Now you have a quick handy blend!
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