No. 1 : Quick Recipe
Grilled Ras Al Hanout Kebobs
- About 3 Lbs Chicken. Lamb or Mushrooms, cut for skewers
- * 3 TB Ras al-Hanout Spice Blend
- 3 TB Canola, Grapeseed or Olive Oil
- Juice and Zest of 1 Lemon
In a small bowl, make a paste with the spices, oil, zest and juice. Rub the spice mixture evenly over both sides of your meat or mushrooms. Set aside for 1 hour.
Pat the meat dry and load onto skewers. Grill outside or use your grill pan at medium (about 350F) heat. Cook until done – time depending on your preference and protein.
Moroccan Taktouka Salad
- 2 TB Olive Oil
- 1 TB Tomato Paste
- ½ Cup Chopped Yellow Onion
- 1 Tsp each Smoked Paprika and Turmeric
- ½ Tsp Each Black Pepper and Sea Salt
- 2 Cloves Garlic, Grated
- 4 Large Red Tomatoes, Sliced
- 2 Green or Red Peppers, Roasted and Sliced
- ¼ Cup each Chopped Cilantro & Parsley
- 1 Lemon, Zested
- Kalamata Olives for Garnish
In a large sauté pan, add the olive oil and tomato paste. Cook and stir until fragrant. Add the onion, paprika, turmeric, salt and pepper. Cook and stir until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook and stir until fragrant. Then add the tomatoes and peppers and cook over medium heat until warm about 3-4 minutes.
Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro, parsley and lemon zest. Taste for salt and pepper and serve the salad topped with the skewers and the kalamata olives.
No. 2 : Kitchen Smidgen
You can buy this zesty spice blend in the grocery store – or easily make your own! *Ras al-Hanout Spice Blend
- 3 TB EACH Ground Cinnamon and Turmeric
- 1 TB EACH Allspice and Black Pepper
- 2 Tsp Sea Salt
- 1 ½ Tsp Freshly Ground Nutmeg
- 1 ½ Tsp Ground Cardamom
- 1 ½ Tsp Ground Cloves
Mix all the spices together in a bowl.
No. 3 : Get Creative
*Ras al-Hanout means “Best of the Shop”, and is an intriguing blend of spices that conveys heat, bitterness and sweetness all at the same time. Try using the spice mix in a variety of dishes!
No. 4 : Wine FIND of the Week
William Fevre Chablis
Champs Royaux (Shab-lee)
World Market about $18.00
If you’ve sworn off chardonnay and moved on to other whites, try this one! Chardonnay is the grape; Chablis is the name of the place its made. It has an appealing aroma of citrus and green apples and since it sees little oak aging it’s a perfect match for food. Bracing good acidity, and stony lemon zest finish.