Karen’s Peruvian Spice Blend
A versatile blend which adds a depth of flavor to vegetables – fantastic rub for poultry!
My South American inspired seasoning blend features the Peruvian chile, Aji Amarillo. The lemony, fruity flavor of this medium spicy chile combines well with the subtle tartness of the lemon rind. Other seasonings include cumin, annatto, garlic, oregano, smoked paprika, salt & pepper. If the Aji chile is not available, use a moderately spicy chile such as an ancho.
Healthier to blend yourself!
Compare mine to – McCormick Culinary Peruvian Seasoning INGREDIENTS:
Salt, Spices (Including Chili Pepper, Paprika, Cumin, Black Pepper), Garlic, Cane Sugar, Tamari Soy Sauce (Soybean, Corn Maltodextrin, Salt), High Fructose Corn Syrup Solids, Lime Juice Powder, Silicon Dioxide (To Make Free Flowing) And Lime Oil.
The problem with many store bought spices is two-fold. Most start with Salt as the first and primary ingredient (ugh!) Seriously – high fructose corn syrup!?
I have added just 1 teaspoon of salt which elevates the flavor to my blend – you can adjust to your liking.
Secondly, other additives are not necessary – like “soy” products and high fructose corn syrup!? Lemon Juice Powder contains Corn Syrup Solids (not organic) – so it is considered a GMO.
Mix all ingredients together.
Store in an airtight glass or metal container in a dark place.
If you have a spice grinder, grind spices yourself.
This is not a salty blend, add more salt where needed.
* Aji Peppers:
Dried pepper- medium- high heat. Can substitute other peppers (chiles.)
* Dried Oregano:
Look for oregano on the stem for the best quality. Simply, remove leaves from the stem and crumble with your fingers.
Best quality from Greece and Italy.
Hang dry garden grown, or dehydrate fresh oregano.
* Dried Lemon Peel:
Make at home: remove peel from lemons (leaving behind the white pith) Place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
Heat at your oven’s lowest temperature, around 180 degrees until firm, about 2 – 3 hours. Do not over cook or let darken.
Place in a spice grinder and pulse until ground.