Find Hard-to-Find Secret Ingredients
It’s pure satisfaction to stump your guests with delicious recipes that only you and your Grandma know. While you may not ever need a secret vault in your basement to hide recipes, we know that you have pride in your dishes. We’ve assembled a list of spices that are often tougher to find, to import, or to purchase, so that you can give your meal that little something extra.
American Spice has rare spices and hard-to-find seasonings to take cooking to the next level. Find the smoked paprikas and lemon zest granules you need to create a smoky, spicy meat rub. Or use preservatives such as salt petre or Pink Curing Salt #1 from Prague to help in curing your own foods such as specialty meats and salamis.
High-quality spices and ingredients from our Specialty Shops help you create dishes and meals that impress your friends and family. Pair these hard to find items with other spice blends such as Chinese spices or hot peppers and sauces to create a unique dining experience. Add avocado powder to your Mexican seasonings to add flavor to your fajitas and dips for less expense and hassle than real avocados. Our hard-to-find seasonings are great additions to your home-brewing supplies or sausage-making supplies, too.
Create a Unique BBQ Meal
Here’s a tip to make BBQ grilling during colder weather, a little easier. Keep the grill off and covered.
Charcoal seasoning is made by drying various cooking spices and herbs in damp paper bags next to hot smoking charcoal. While drying, the herbs are infused with the flavor of the charcoal smoke and then ground into a fine powder that closely resembles ash. This type of char-COAL can easily transform your next meal into a diamond on everyone’s plate. The charcoal powder adds that fresh grilled taste without the char or mess. Use it on pan seared steaks or as a seasoning along with fish or chicken breasts cooked on a plank.
Hard to find spices often yield results that are well worth the search. Fall in love with this succulent main course.
Roast Chicken with Smoked Paprika
3 Tbsp organic lemon juice
1 Tbsp of melted butter – don’t use margarine
2 tsp finely chopped fresh garlic
2 tsp refined sea salt*
1 5lb roasting chicken
5 tbsp Laney Pure Wildflower Honey
3 Tbsp smoked Paprika
2 Tbsp cayenne pepper (optional for those who would like extra kick)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Wash and dry chicken so rub will adhere easily.
Mix salt, paprika, melted butter, and chopped garlic.
Spread mixture over entire chicken.
Slowly heat the honey with lemon juice in small saucepan and remove from heat.
Bake for 1-1 ½ hours. Begin basting with the honey/lemon mixture after 30 minutes and continue every 15 until the interior temperature has reached 170 degrees.
Remove from oven and allow resting for at least 10 minutes to allow the chicken to absorb the cooking juices.
*For a healthier version use Morton’s Salt Substitute.
Serve with fresh steamed asparagus or roasted baby red potatoes.