Friday, January 27, 2012

Celery Seed (or ground) / Homemade Seafood Spice Blend - Margaret Ullrich

We all know about celery.
The dieter's friend.
Yeah, that's how it's sold.
But, that's not how it goes.

Usually it goes, as a wilted or slimy mess, into the compost or garbage.

Sometimes a recipe calls for celery.
But usually not very much celery.
Back to the compost or garbage.
What a waste...

Welcome to Celery Seed!! 
It has the flavor of celery, but doesn't wilt or need chopping.
Perfect, right?

The seeds can be added to soups, stews, pickled beets and pickling brine.

The seeds can also be easily ground and added to:
creamy coleslaw and potato-salad dressings
deviled-egg filling
oyster stew, fish chowder, or split pea soup just before serving

You can also add a touch to tomato juice or Bloody Marys.
No dripping celery stalk to get in the way.

Homemade Seafood Spice Blend

2 Tablespoons ground allspice
1 Tablespoon celery seed 
1 Tablespoon salt
2 Tablespoons powdered mustard 
1 Tablespoon ground ginger
1 Tablespoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon cayenne (ground red pepper)

Makes 1/2 Cup

This also works with chicken.
What can I say?
It had to be called something.

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