Fall Togarashi Inspiration

Togarashi Pronunciation: toh-guh-RAH-schee

We get a multitude of questions every week asking about our products and their flavorful uses. Many of our blends and rubs are all-purpose seasonings that can be used in a variety of ways. Our Togarashi Pepper Spice Blend is quite the chameleon of spice blends, serving purpose in both traditional and Asian-inspired dishes. Its flavor profile has recently emerged as a trending flavor around the world…but it isn’t new to the culinary scene.

asian-inspired-dishes-fall-2016-123rfWhether you like Asian food, or you just enjoy roasted veggies in the fall, you are going to love Togarashi Pepper Spice Blend. Togarashi is a Japanese word for “chili pepper.”

Known as the “seven-flavor chili pepper,” this seasoning is made with chili peppers, citrus zest, ground pepper, sesame seeds, ginger, and seaweed. In Japan, Togarashi has been used since the 17th century when chili was introduced for medicinal purposes. If you enjoy Asian food, you’re most likely familiar with it as it often shares the table with soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and other Asian spices.

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[Togarashi Pepper Spice Blend]
Today, Togarashi is popularly used around the world to make marinades, rubs, sauces and soups—or on its own as a table condiment. The flavors within Togarashi complement a variety of meats including beef, pork, fish, and poultry. Added to roasted vegetables, grains, or vegetarian dishes, Togarashi shows off its versatile flavor in a variety of applications.

This exotic seasoning has a potent aroma and flavor that can bring life to an otherwise bland dish—but keep in mind that if your palate is not used to spicy foods, you should start using it gradually as the flavor intensifies over time.

[Togarashi Pepper Shiitake Rice Bowl]
If you’re anxious to try this robust and flavorful blend, but you’re not sure where to start, try a few of these autumn-inspired ideas:

  • Season sweet and tender squash with Togarashi and a combination of soy sauce and butter.
  • Sprinkle Togarashi atop roasted eggplant that has been brushed with sesame oil and lemon.
  • Add a burst of flavor to Butternut Squash Soup with Togarashi.
  • Toss roasted, salted nuts in Togarashi to create a spiced and salty snack.

 – Theresa Pisano, Blend Specialist Coordinator

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