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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Ras el Hanout

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Ras el Hanout

Ras el Hanout is a spice blend from the Middle East and North Africa. Spice market vendors all claim their version to be the best, and some people consider the seductive blend of spices to be an aphrodisiac. At the very least, any food in which you include Ras el Hanout will inspire diners to kiss the cook, so you’ve got that goin’ for you.

Ingredients:
2 (level) teaspoons salt
2 (heaping) teaspoons cumin
2 (level) teaspoons ginger
2 (conservative) teaspoons black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/4 (slightly rounded) teaspoon nutmeg
optional: 1 teaspoon saffron threads (I still don’t have saffron.)

 

Directions:
Blend all spices together in a bowl and store in an air-tight container. For vegetables and meats, add 1-2 teaspoons per pound.

I’ve been following this recipe for weeks (my modifications are in parentheses), mixing into wilted greens, coating pork chops before grilling, and stirring into cauliflower fouscous. Today, I found this link, and I’m curious to try a blend made with more than 30 spices!

I think it would also be fun to truly make it from scratch and start with whole spices. If you’ve never toasted then ground whole spices, you really need to treat yourself and try it. (And while we’re talking about spices, you know I have a massive crush on Penzeys Spices, but I’m feeling a certain flirtatiousness with Zamouri Spices today. I’m thinking a little fling might be in order.)


I’m excited to once again join the punk rock foodies on Fight Back Friday at Food Renegade.

 

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22 Responses to “These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Ras el Hanout”

  1. jencereghino says:

    YUM…I will definitely be mixing up a batch! I wonder what the saffron would add, as far as flavor…I don't have any in my kitchen at the moment either. I bet this mix would be good on some yam fries. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Melissa 'Melicious' Joulwan says:

    I think you're right: it would be wicked tasty on yam fries! Mmmm… with a dipping sauce made of a little mango chutney mixed with homemade mayo!

  3. jencereghino says:

    I'm trying it this week! I have some Mango Chutney we got on our last trip to Maui…I've been waiting for an excuse to bust it out! I'll let you know how it all goes down…

  4. jencereghino says:

    I made it and I LOVE IT!!!

    I made carrot soup and upped the flavor of my sweet potato gratin…so far. Look out Bobby Flay…you may just be my new spice guru! Keep 'em coming!

  5. Melissa 'Melicious' Joulwan says:

    Get down with your bad selt, Jen! Glad you like the Ras el Hanout. I'm SO tempted to find a traditional recipe with, like, 30 spices and try to make it from total scratch.

    • Lorraine French says:

      Hi…
      I’ve bought Ras el hanout in Provence and in Morocco, as well as here in the USA.I also have an original recipe with 27 or so ingredients from long ago if you’d like it.
      Lorraine

  6. Jesse Richards says:

    Wow, my girlfriend actually had everything on this list just sitting all lonely in her cabinet! We're going to enjoy it on Kale today!

  7. Melissa 'Melicious' Joulwan says:

    Awesome! Hope you like it! It's definitely become one of my favorites for adding zip to just about everything.

  8. Bon says:

    What sort of salt?
    I tend to use a coarse-ground sea salt. Would that work so far as texture is concerned?

    • Mel says:

      Great question! I think you’ll be happier with the result if you use finely-ground sea salt. You want a really uniform mixture, and I suspect the larger salt crystals won’t be as evenly distribute throughout the blend as fine salt would be.

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  11. Joey Holliday says:

    I just stewed some chicken thighs with a lot Ras El Hanout, coconut milk, sweet onions, red peppers, mushrooms, crushed red pepper, garlic, sriracha and bamboo shoots over some short grain brown rice with fish sauce.

    Wowsers, that is some tasty stuff. I wish my girl was here to have a bowl, she’d love it.

  12. Martha says:

    I’m proud of your. U are being successful at something you love! And you quit your day job

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  15. ben frank says:

    needs cardamom and a touch of turmeric!

  16. Joan Differding says:

    “Well Fed” has entirely changed the way I cook! It is SO much easier to eat paleo all week now when I put in a little effort on the weekend to stock up and pre-cook ingredients. I totally love Ras el Hanout – I mostly use it to spice up my ground beef hot plates and as a rub on flank steak and other beef cuts.

    • Mel says:

      Thanks for letting me know you’re enjoying Well Fed. So glad it’s helping you. YAY!

      And yes, Ras el Hanout should be called “magic powder.”

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  25. Deirdra says:

    Just made this and the Ras El Hanout.
    Awesome!!! Thanks for all the Whole 30 recipes.
    xoxo

  26. Jen Grenell says:

    Just made a batch of Ras El Hanout tonight over veggies. Delicious! Thanks for the recipes!

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