One of my go-tos for simple rubs (“insert joke here”) that really kick starts any protein dish is a blackening spice. This can transform a simple snapper fillet, stewed beef, chicken thighs, pizza or Quesadilla into something amazing.
I put this spice mix together after watching an episode of the Food Network Canada show “Crash My Kitchen”. Chef Corbin Tomaszeski helped a yuppie techie guy get out of his rut of frozen dinners by introducing fresh ingredients that was kicked up a notch with this blackening spice.
Here are the ingredients to make a batch that you can store and reuse:
– 2 tbs onion powder
– 2 tbs garlic powder
– 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
– 1 tsp chilli powder
– 2 tbs paprika
– 1 tsp cayenne pepper
– 1 tbs black pepper
Once you have this base, you can modify it just a touch for certain dishes. For example, to roast some ribs add some brown sugar and cinnamon; or add cumin to fish or prawns if you are feelin’ a curry kick .
Ahhh, enjoy the black magic!