Now to know me, you’ll know I’m pretty frugal. Not cheap; not by a long shot but I like knowing that I can re-create a dish I’ve had a restaurant just through taste or that if they prepackage something 99% of the time I can make it better than the original. Not really bragging, more like glad that I have this ‘gift’. So about 3 years ago I had this steak (which is rare as I rarely eat steak) that was so amazing that I HAD to know how they made it. Now to know me better you”d know that I’m a HUGE schmooze and flirt (but in a good way). I believe in finding beauty in everything and giving compliments and praise. I mean really, who doesn’t like to hear that they did a job well done or the dish they made was friggen fantastic?!
I got to chit chatting with the waiter who brought over the manager and we got to kibitzing (channeling my days when I hit up this Jewish bakery in Pittsburgh for Challah and the 9,000 the little old woman would correct me on my pronunciation). We talked ‘shop’ and he informed me what the chef uses to season the steak. It was this Montreal Steak Seasoning. Yes.. the same stuff McCormick’s sells in the markets today. If you haven’t tried it.. OH DEAR LORD! It’s heavenly! Put that in your burger or turkey burger. You will sing praises to the heaven’s above! No really, you will 🙂
Well the very next day I went out and bought a little jar of this stuff. I was hooked! I poured some of it out onto a plate to inspect it. I can’t believe I’m going to admit this BUT…
I actually dissected it putting the same ingredients into separate piles. I can’t help it. The engineer in me has to know how it works. Since there wasn’t a program for me to reverse engineer or a dish to unassemble, this was the best way I could figure out what was all in it. Sure some of the stuff was pretty simple as you could disseminate visually however a few of the items you had to taste to figure it out. I think that afternoon I ate 3 tablespoons of spice blend. Yeah, it was NOT pretty. It *almost* turned me off… *almost*. This recipe took a while to put together however I think I got it pretty down pat.
- 3 Tbl dehydrated garlic
- 4 Tbl coarsely ground coriander seeds
- 2 Tbl coarse kosher salt
- 4 Tbl dill weed
- 4 Tbl paprika
- 3 Tbl ground red pepper flakes
- 4 Tbl freshly ground black pepper
- 2 Tbl fennel seeds
- Put all the items in a jar/container and shake vigorously.
- Store in a sealed container out of the light.
And yes.. aren’t those the cutest little jars EVER?! My in-laws got me a set of them for my birthday. They are PERFECT for holding my own spice blends. I so love these cute little buggers!