Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Food Epiphany: Penzey's Florida Seasoned Pepper

If I had to pick five favorite seasonings in my kitchen Penzey’s Florida Seasoned Pepper would definitely be on the list. Why is that?

First, it’s delicious. It adds a nice pepper flavor that is not overly peppery or hot. It has a citrus thing going on too which adds to the flavor and is a great choice over regular old pepper for foods that could benefit from an extra pop.
Second, it’s salt-free.  You would not expect to find salt in a seasoned pepper but sometimes you do (read labels!).  If you know someone who is trying to reduce their sodium intake, this makes a great gift.  Even if you are not particularly worried about salt, it’s nice to be able to control how much of it you are eating and cutting out secret salt that lurks in a seasoned pepper is an easy thing to do.

Third, it’s very versatile. Here are a few of my favorite ways to use it.

Vegetables: very good on asparagus and broccoli.
Beef: sprinkle your skirt steak, tri-tip or meatloaf with Florida Pepper and it will add to the flavor.

As part of a quick, easy chicken marinade: I use either boneless, skinless chicken breasts or chicken tenders. Poke the chicken with a fork a few times (this helps the marinade absorb better). Sprinkle the chicken on both sides with Kosher salt and Florida pepper. Put the chicken into a Ziploc bag or some sort of dish (I usually use a glass Pyrex pan), pour on some good olive oil and squeeze in some lemon.  Maybe add some minced garlic.  Smoosh it around a bit. Put in the fridge for up to about two hours. Remove from marinade and cook on either the barbeque or stove.

So how do you get Penzey’s Florida Seasoned Pepper? I ordered it online for a long time. Now there is a Penzey’s store in Santa Rosa so it’s easy for me to stop in. Their stores are a lot of fun – all of the spices are out and available for sniffing – so if you have a store nearby or encounter one in your travels, check it out and try the Florida Seasoned Pepper.

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