Spice up your Memorial Day meals! Take those all-so-important side dishes to the next level with The Spice & Tea Exchange’s® kicked up condiment solutions, sauces, seasonings and more!
Kick Up Your Condiments!
Although we don’t usually think of ketchup, mustard or mayonnaise as ‘sauces,’ they actually are! Sauces have one purpose: to add flavor, moisture, and visual appeal to your dish – though the store-bought versions usually fall way short of that. Start with a base condiment and add a quick spoonful of TSTE® Blends or Sugars. This quick-fix will turn that bottle of ketchup, mustard or mayonnaise into a sweet or savory topping!
Add a little water or stock to your condiment to thin it out and place over medium-low heat. Per cup of condiment, use no more than ¼ cup liquid and 1 teaspoon of seasoning. After adding water, whisk in seasoning and gently cook until the seasonings infuse the sauce. Cool and refrigerate to meld flavors before serving.
Not sure the seasoning will go with the condiment? Hold them side by side and sniff. If they smell good together, chances are they’ll taste great together!
For ketchup (or tomato-based condiments) try:
TSTE® California Blend (salt free), Italian Herb Blend or Herbal Garden Grinder Blend. Chef Donna’s Adoro and our World Festival Blend punch up the flavor nicely.
If you’re using the condiment on grilled meats try:
Smoked BBQ Rub, Jamaican Jerk, Backwoods Hickory Rub or Cajun Blend. The mixture can double as a dipping sauce or as a glaze to brush on in the final minutes of grilling.
For mayonnaise (or cream-based condiments) try:
Lemon Garlic Pepper Seasoning, Vik’s Garlic Fix, Onion Obsession. For shore inspired dishes try Coastal Blend or Salmon Tea Rub; excellent with hearty fish steaks, like salmon and swordfish, or fish burgers.
Season Your Butter; Slather It On!
Compound butters are great because they can be used to spread on breads, as a basting sauce on the grill or in the oven, or as a finishing sauce – just slap a pat onto hot food and let the flavor dissolve over it! They’re easy to make and with so many TSTE® pantry options, imagine the possibilities!
Let 1 cup (2 sticks) butter come to room temperature (or soften). Using a mini food processor or a spatula, blend in 1 to 2 teaspoons of your favorite blend. Scoop onto waxed paper or parchment paper and shape into a log. Refrigerate overnight to meld flavors and solidity. Just about any blend will do, but for grilled meats, our favorites include:
Keep it super-simple: Roll a stick of butter in Bacon Salt, Chardonnay Oak Smoked Salt, or any of our smoked or sea, or seasoned salts. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate overnight to ensure that flavors to infuse into the surface of the butter. Cut and serve, or melt onto foods.
The Sides That Make The Meal
No barbecue or picnic is complete without the potato salad, macaroni salad, and grilled veggies! So why not make them just as savory as the meat coming off the grill? Check out these easy ways to add bold flavor to your side dishes:
Potato and Macaroni Salad.
Start with the mayo and mustard! See above to learn how those classic condiments become your salad’s sauce and seasoning. Or, take your favorite classic recipe and stir in:
- Coastal Blend to add a cool herbal flavor to creamy potato salads.
- Southwest Seasoning or Tailgaters Blend adds a little zip to that macaroni salad.
- Tuscany Blend is perfect for a macaroni salad loaded with garden vegetables.
- Tomato Tarragon Blend is the perfect mix-in for store-bought potato salad.
Store-bought saves: Sprinkle these seasonings over your store-bought salads to enhance the flavor or add a little kick. Suddenly, a bland dish is full of flavor and surprise!
- Ground Yellow Mustard Powder
- Vinegar Powder
- Herbal Garden Grinder Blend
- Earthly Delight Grinder Blend
- Chili Powder
Simpler Still: Toss your cooked, sliced potatoes with any Olive Oil blend or an herb-based blend like Lamb Seasoning or Italian Herb Blend. Even our Pesto Blend is an intriguing addition to potato salad. Begin by drizzling your potatoes with Olive Oil. Add a sprinkle of Vinegar Powder, and then your herb-based blend. Let cool to room temperature tossing occasionally. Refrigerate to let flavors rest; serve cold.
Spiced up Sides:
For Grilled Corn, potato wedges, and peppers: Melt Honey Granules (and/or Maple Syrup Granules) into some butter; enough to brush on your grilled veggies or spuds. Brush on butter mixture, then dust with Jamaican Jerk, Crazy Chicken, Korean Grill Rub, Cajun Blend, or Signature Blend. Toss in (or add on top) some grated cheese and finish with a sprinkle of Lime, Green Chili, or Sweet Onion Sugar.
Also, don’t forget all the great recipes and ideas in the Grilling e-cookbook!!! Read it here: http://spiceandtea.com/ebooks/foodonflames/
Missed Last Week’s post about Memorial Day Prep? Get info here about Salad Saves and Leftover Magic!