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Homemade Sazon Seasoning Mix

Making your own Sazon spice blend is EASY to do – and the best part, no MSG!

Sazon is like the magic spice blend in many of my Latin dishes. It’s commonly found in the supermarket in small envelopes that you add to stews, beans, rice, etc. It gives yellow rice that yellow color and basically makes anything taste good! Goya is the most popular brand, but I stopped buying it years ago when I realized it had MSG, and started using Badia Sazon, but it’s not easy to find so now I make my own which I keep stored in a small spice jar, so instead of using a packet of sazon, I use one and a half teaspoons of this in it’s place.

The key ingredient in this spice mix is ground annatto (achiote)[1], the spice that gives yellow rice that yellow color. Annatto is derived from the seeds of achiote tree. In India it’s referred to as sindoor, and in the Philippines, it is called atsuete. I can find it in hispanic markets, but you can also find it on Amazon[2]. If you can’t find this, turmeric would be a good substitute.

What do I make with Sazon? I always season my wings with it, I use it on my grilled chicken wings, in Mom’s Chicken and Rice[3], Sofrito Chicken Stew[4], Chicken and Lentil Soup[5], Arroz con Gandules[6], and many more dishes! Tomorrow I will share one of my daughter’s favorite dishes with this spice.

Homemade Sazon Seasoning Mix
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 12 • Size: 1 1/2 teaspoons • Old Points:  0 pts • Points+: 0 pts
Calories: 7 • Fat: 0 g • Protein: 0 g • Carb: 1 g • Fiber: 1 g • Sugar: 0 g
Sodium: 281 mg

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground annatto[7] seeds (achiote) or turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in an airtight container. 1 1/2 teaspoons of this mix equals one packet of commercial sazon.

References

  1. ^ ground annatto (achiote) (www.amazon.com)
  2. ^ Amazon (www.amazon.com)
  3. ^ Mom’s Chicken and Rice (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  4. ^ Sofrito Chicken Stew (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  5. ^ Chicken and Lentil Soup (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  6. ^ Arroz con Gandules (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  7. ^ ground annatto (www.amazon.com)

Patatas Bravas – Fierce Up Your Fries

I always thought Patatas Bravas meant “brave potatoes,”
which seemed a little strange since what was supposed to be so brave about
them? Amazingly delicious, yes, but valiant, fearless or courageous? I don’t
think so. Well, apparently my translation skills were lacking, and come to find
out it actually means “fierce.” Now that makes sense.


These are, as advertised, fiercely textured, fiercely
flavored, fiercely presented, and fiercely enjoyed. How fierce is really up to
you and your inner Spaniard. There are as many patatas bravas recipes as homes
in Spain, and this is nothing more than my latest rendition. 

As long as you boil them
first, fry crisp, and season earnestly, the rest is open to wild
experimentation. I’ve used all sort of blanching liquids, spice blends, and
sauces, and never been disappointed.


My control around food is generally decent, but I am no
match for a plate of these. Once you start with the toothpick, you’ll be
impaling and eating potatoes until they’re gone. If you are making these for a
group, just do in batches and keep warm in the oven until you have enough. Just
don’t salt until the last second, or they can get soggy. I hope you give these
a try soon. Enjoy!


Ingredients for 4 portions:
2 pounds russet potatoes
For the boiling liquid:
2 quarts cold water
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin
2 bay leaves

For the sauce:
1 cup mayonnaise
garlic to taste
1 tsp tomato paste
1-2 tbsp sherry vinegar
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp chipotle powder
cayenne to taste

For the spice blend (makes lots extra):
2 tbsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp chipotle powder
chopped parsley

Skinny Pumpkin Overnight Oats in a Jar


Pumpkin spiced overnight oats with pumpkin butter, banana, chia and spice in a jar (no cooking required!) I know what I’ll be eating for breakfast every morning for the next few weeks.

I’ve been eating overnight oats in a jar[1] all summer, it’s perfect to make the night before and eat on a busy weekday or even to bring to work. A few weeks ago someone emailed me about making a pumpkin version which I thought would be perfect for the Fall.

This weekend I whipped up a half batch up pumpkin butter[2] (aka- pumpkin heaven on a spoon) and I stirred it into my oats along with chia, bananas and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and it was delightful! If you like your oats a little sweeter, you add a few drops of stevia, honey or maple, but for me it was just right.

Pumpkin season’s back which prompted me to create a Pinterest board called Pumpkin Madness[3] for all my pumpkin recipes. If you’re pumpkin obsessed, you’ll want to follow this board[4]! I also have them all in the recipe index, which you can see here[5].

Skinny Pumpkin Overnight Oats in a Jar

Servings: 1 • Serving Size: 1 jar • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 227 • Fat: 9 g • Carbs: 34 g Fiber: 7 g • Protein: 8 g Sugar: 12 g
Sodium: 139 mg

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup quick oats*
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin butter[6]
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • pinch cinnamon
  • pinch pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 sliced banana (freeze the rest for smoothies)

topping:

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • pinch cinnamon
  • pinch pumpkin pie spice 
  • 1 tbsp raw hulled pepitas (or any nut)

Directions:

Combine the oats and 1/2 cup of the milk in a jar. Stir in the pumpkin butter, chia seeds and spices. Add banana, cover jar, shake and refrigerate overnight.

The next morning remove from the refrigerator and let it sit on the counter 30 minutes to take out the chill (or you can microwave a few seconds if you wish). Stir in the remaining milk, sprinkle with a little cinnamon and pumpkin spice and top with pepitas. Enjoy!

*For gluten-free be sure to use gluten free oats.

References

  1. ^ overnight oats in a jar (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ pumpkin butter (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Pumpkin Madness (pinterest.com)
  4. ^ board (pinterest.com)
  5. ^ which you can see here (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  6. ^ pumpkin butter (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

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