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Toasted Spice Rub - Michael Chiarello

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“This spice mix from Michael Chiarello and NapaStyle goes well in many different dishes. It and his Fennel Spice are mixes well-worth keeping a steady supply of!”
READY IN:
8mins
YIELD:
1/2 cup (approx) spice rub
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Read this recipe all the way through before beginning, get your spices and equipment (skillet, plate, blender, alternate method grinder, and storing container) ready.
  2. In a small, heavy skillet over medium heat, toast the fennel, coriander, and peppercorns.
  3. Watch carefully, because when the fennel turns a light brown you’re going to work quickly: turn on the hood exhaust fan on your stove, then add the red pepper flakes and stir well for 30 seconds.
  4. Turn the mixture onto a plate to cool.
  5. When cool, place mixture in a blender together with the chili powder, salt, and cinnamon; blend until all are evenly ground.
  6. (Alternately, you can use a spice mill/coffee grinder/mortar and pestle to grind the fennel, coriander, peppercorns, and chili flakes, then toss resultant powder with the remaining ingredients).
  7. Transfer the spice rub into a glass jar and store in a cool, dry place; you can also freeze the mixture.
  8. Note: if you prefer a mixture that is less spicy-hot, make sure you use mild California chili powder and/or begin with fewer red pepper flakes, then add to your preference; California chiles in powder are generally less hot and more sweet.
  9. On chicken: sear a chicken in a little olive oil, let cool, pat the rub generously over the bird, then roast it.
  10. Use as dry rub or dry marinade: rub into meat or poultry, refrigerate 4 hours, bring to room temperature, then roast, pan-sear, or grill.
  11. Finishing rub: blend with just enough olive oil to make a paste, then use as a marinade or to finish grilled steaks and seafood.
  12. Other uses: toss with vegetables before pan-roasting, or add to soups and stews.

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