If you are going to be barbequing just as much as we are this summer, you will thank us for this game changer: step it up a notch and spice up your barbeque with Pereg Natural Foods’ new Burger Seasoning and Thai Sweet Chili spices!
Picture biting into a perfectly juicy burger nestled between two slightly crispy buns… only for it to taste bland. No more of that! It’s safe to say you’ll be the barbequing hero of your group this summer thanks to Pereg’s new seasoning! What makes it so good? It’s no more than salt with two kinds of pepper, onion, garlic, and mustard. But it’s magical. And because it’s so good, you can season almost anything with it: ground lamb, salmon, turkey, poultry, steak – you name it. And if you’d rather go meatless, try it with baby quinoa or mushrooms on your veggie burger.
Barbeques are GREAT, but you might want to switch it up the next night and have a different dish like pasta with roasted vegetables. Pereg’s Thai Sweet Chili spices go with both and so much more. Give your food a tangy sweet-and-sour note with a perfect blend of chili, cumin, ginger, onion powder, and other East-meets-West flavors. It’s ideal for dipping sauces, or again, any type of meat!
Enough rambling for now (can you tell we’re hungry?), here are some easy and fun recipe ideas for your new favorite spices:
Kañiwa, or baby quinoa, is a botanical cousin of quinoa and packs a crunchy nutritional powerhouse. If your grocer doesn’t carry it yet, you can order it from Pereg as well!
Here’s what you’ll need:
* 2 cups water
* ½ cup raw Pereg Natural Kañiwa
* 1 cup water
* 1 cup cooked chickpeas, smashed, with the skins removed
* ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs (regular or gluten-free)
* 1 large egg, whisked
* 1 garlic clove, minced
* ¼ cup white onion, minced
* 1 tsp. Pereg Burger Seasoning
* 2 tablespoons coconut oil
Combine kañiwa and water in a medium saucepan and bring water to a boil. Lower to a simmer, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until tender and the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let cool. You should have 1 cup cooked.
Combine kañiwa with smashed chickpeas, breadcrumbs, garlic, onion and spices. Form into two big patties or four smaller patties.
Fry 4-5 minutes per side in coconut oil over medium heat until outside is brown and inside is heated through.
Makes 2 big burgers or 2 small burgers.
Tempura Battered Asian Thai Sweet Chili Chicken
You will need:
* 2 egg whites
* 1 cup flour sifted
* ½ cup cornstarch
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1 cup ice-cold water
* 2 Tbs. oil
* 1 pound skinless-boneless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 1” pieces
* oil for frying
* Toasted sesame seeds to taste
* 1-2 very thinly-sliced scallions, white and green parts
* Thai Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce (recipe below)
Make the tempura batter: sift the flour, cornstarch, and baking powder into a large bowl. Stir to combine. Mix in egg whites, cold water, and oil. Add chicken and toss gently to cover each piece in batter.
Heat a large skillet or wok with about 2 inches of oil. Lift the chicken pieces with a slotted spoon to drain excess batter and add to hot oil. Work in batches so the pieces don’t touch. Fry until the batter is golden brown, about 4 min. for white meat and 5 min. for dark meat.
For the Thai Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce you’ll need:
* 1 small onion, finely minced
* 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
* 1 cup rice vinegar
* 1 cup pineapple juice
* ¼ cup water
* ½ cup sugar
* ½ Tbsp. Pereg Thai Sweet Chili seasoning, or to taste
* Jalapeno, halved (optional)
Combine everything in a small saucepan. (If using jalapeno but prefer less of a “kick,” remove the seeds.) Bring mixture to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer, stirring often. Let it thicken until it’s reduced to about half. Sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
Let nuggets drain on a double layer of paper towels to remove excess oil. Top with Thai Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce to taste. Toss to cover. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and scallion. Serve immediately.
All of Pereg’s products are kosher certified, dairy and lactose-free as well as all natural, with absolutely no additives or preservatives!
Pereg Natural Foods products are available at select retailers throughout the US and Canada, and on their website, www.pereg-gourmet.com. Follow Pereg Natural Foods on Instagram @peregnatural for more recipes and ideas on how to improve your BBQ!
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