Since I live near a Penzey’s, I am able to visit the local store and sample all the spices and seasonings (open canisters are available for “smelling”). Penzey’s also offers occasional free bottles of a featured product, and this has helped me discover some of the seasonings that are now my favorites. Today, I want to share five of my favorites (along with a few recipes for using them).
Note: I am not affiliated with Penzey’s and get no compensation for this review.
5 Favorite Penzey’s Seasonings
- Medium Hot Chili Powder. I use chili powder ALL the time, and this crucial spice has to be a good one. I follow Cook’s Illustrated taste test recommendations and could not find one recommended chili powder that is sold in grocery stores. This Penzey’s chili powder is Cook’s Illustrated’s second place winner and is described as having â€œrich, round, balanced, roasted chili flavor and mild but perceptible heat” and “smokiness tempered by sweetness.”
- Sunny Paris. I bought this after another customer in Penzey’s told me how fabulous it was, and I’ve been using it ever since. Freeze-dried shallots, the main ingredient, make it an incredible seasoning for seafood, chicken, vegetables, rice, eggs. It can also be mixed with yogurt and used as a dip or salad dressing. It is expensive ($5.59 for 1/4 cup) but well worth it in my opinion. I sprinkle Sunny Paris on chicken breasts along with EVOO, sea salt & pepper, for roasting chicken to eat plain or to use in casseroles or chicken salad.
- Berbere Seasoning. I tried this after getting a free sample bottle, and my family LOVES it on vegetables. Described as being a “surprisingly hot blend traditional to Ethiopia and other regions of Africa,” it gives a definite kick wherever it is added. Berbere is not for the timid palate, but if used sparingly, it lends a wonderfully exotic and complex flavor to any dish. I sprinkle Berbere on squash and onions (sautÃ©d in EVOO, sea salt & ground pepper), roasted potatoes (sweet and red), and deviled eggs. This is one of my favorite seasonings, and everyone in my family loves it.
- Arizona Dreaming. This no-salt seasoning adds a fabulous Southwestern flair to dishes, and I use it for one of our favorite dishes, chicken piquant. I also sprinkle this on chicken that I roast for my favorite chicken tortilla soup. This is a great salt free seasoning that I am never without.
- Sweet Curry. I love curry and use it for my secret ingredient chicken salad. Although I don’t use curry for many dishes, I use it for this chicken salad, which I make several times a month. Since curry is such a dominant flavor, I want to buy the best quality, and this Penzey’s is wonderful.
These are just five of my faves, but I’ll send more in a future post. I’d love to hear from any of you who have your own favorite Penzey’s products or recipes. If you have any, please share them in the comments section of this post. And if you haven’t subscribed to Family Savvy, I’d love to have you join my mailing list so that you’ll never miss a savvy update:-)
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