Seasoned Salt & Porcini Powder

Seasoned Salt & Porcini Powder

Photo by Cristina Gonzalez

I recently made this seasoned salt, just to experiment a little… and I have been using it so much in my recipes (with the most amazing results) that I thought it will be cheating not to share it :0) It adds the perfect flavor boost to pretty much everything it touches but goes specially well with potatoes, eggs, barbecue meats & veggies.

Seasoned Salt & Porcini Powder

Photo by Cristina Gonzalez

If you want a truly decadent salt, substitute the paprika for a teaspoon of porcini powder; you can find it at some delicatessen stores, but it is really easy to make and it works out cheaper as well than the ready made one, and of course, it will be fresher and more aromatic…

Porcini powder

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Porcini Powder recipe: preheat oven to 80 °C (175 °F) Place 25 g (1 oz) of dried porcini mushrooms in one layer on a lined baking tray; put the tray in the oven for about an hour until mushrooms have dried up completely and feel brittle. Place porcini in a spice grinder and blitz to a fine powder.

Porcini powder is a total delight; it is umami-packed & flavor-loaded and will add a blast of magic to your recipes. Store any leftover powder in a little air tight container and add it to soups, risotto, cream-based pasta sauces, casseroles, pasta dough… and the list goes on… sprinkle some of this fairy dust on top of cooked burgers or steaks, is the secret touch many top restaurants use to wow the crowd!

Seasoned Salt & Porcini Powder

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons table salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • pinch of turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon chicken stock powder - optional (I used Vegeta)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 150 °C (350 °F)
  2. Spread salt on lined baking tray. Place in the oven for 25 minutes; this will prevent salt from caging
  3. Mix salt with the rest of the ingredients in a bowl. Stir until well combined and spoon to a shaker, ready to use
http://www.danceofsaucepans.com/seasoned-salt-porcini-powder/

Homemade Herbed Croutons

Homemade HerbedCroutons

Photo by Cristina Gonzalez

Homemade herbed croutons… one perfect little addition to your pantry staples… the crunchiest, tastiest croutons you’ll ever try!!

Making homemade croutons is the perfect way to use any day old crusty bread you have lying around. I just love knowing what goes into my food; one  day I was about to purchase some croutons in the store and I casually had a look at the ingredients… oh my god, I was horrified! Needless to say, I put them down and I have never looked back, especially because they are cheap, quick & “fool proof” to make.

Homemade herbed croutons

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You really need only a few natural ingredients to whip up a batch of these crispier than crisp little morsels; good quality bread, extra virgin olive oil, oregano, parsley and garlic salt (you can use any other dried herbs you might have handy)

Croutons

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They are perfect to serve on top of your favorite soups or salads. They will keep well for days in an airtight container or a zip log bag, although, I doubt they will survive the first round

 

HOMEMADE HERBED CROUTONS

Yield: 3 cups of croutons

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cubed day old crusty bread
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

Directions

  1. Preheat fan forced oven to 180° C (350° F) - for conventional ovens, increase temperature by 10 - 20 degrees
  2. Mix herbs & garlic salt in a small bowl until combined
  3. Place bread cubes in a big bowl. Sprinkle with the herb mix. Drizzle with the oil. Toss until bread is evenly coated
  4. Spread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until golden (mine took about 10-12 minutes, it will depend on the size you cut your croutons - make sure you keep an eye on them as they can burn pretty quickly)
http://www.danceofsaucepans.com/homemade-herbed-croutons/