I am finishing up on some Christmas gifts and made a few seasonings today. One of which is a lemon pepper seasoning. This will be great on fish or chicken; actually I can’t really think of anything it wouldn’t be good on even vegetables would be delicious with this combination.
1 Tbs lemon zest ~ dehydrate if making ahead
1 Tbs black peppercorns
1 Tbs french thyme
2 Tbs kosher salt
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp paprika
In spice grinder combine lemon zest, peppercorns, and thyme until desired size. Combine with remaining ingredients and use as seasoning for your favorite foods.
Season perch with cilantro lime salt on top side. Heat olive oil in medium – large skillet over medium heat. Add fish seasoned side down and cook for about 3 minutes; flip and cook an additional minute or two until cooked through.
I keep seeing stories and recipes for flavored salts. I thought I would give a few a try; today I went for a cilantro lime combination. I made it when I was ready to use it so I didn’t worry about the moisture from the lime zest or cilantro; I do think I will make a batch ahead and dry it out though to see if it hold the flavor as well as the fresh did.
2 tsp fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp coarse sea salt
1/2 tsp lime zest
In herb grinder (I used a coffee grinder I picked up just for these herb salts) combine all ingredients and grind together. This made the perfect amount for the pound of fish I was fixing for dinner. Very green color and it imparted the flavors into each other very well. I wouldn’t have expected this much difference between grinding everything together and just using each on its own but it definitely made a great flavored salt. I can think of so many things this would be good on or in! Can’t wait to use it again.
With Thanksgiving approaching I think I shall share a few of my turkey dinner ideas. We are making a turkey dinner tomorrow so I will begin with the rub we are trying out. We decided to go with a lemon, orange and thyme combination after seeing a few different recipes and articles.
1 Tbs lemon zest
1 1/2 tsp orange zest
2 Tbs coarse salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsp dried thyme
Combine all ingredients. Pat turkey dry and rub all over tossing any extra inside the cavity. Refrigerate uncovered overnight.
We are using a 14 pound turkey and this made enough rub for one turkey. In the morning we will set it out for about an hour before baking. I will continue the recipe tomorrow once we get this turkey roasted!
I opted for a simple roasted pork loin this evening. Sometimes the simple dinners are the most delicious. I purchased a 6 pound pork loin on sale at the grocery today and cut about a third of it off for the roast so I had 2 pounds to work with. I’ll use the rest for some other recipes this week, but I didn’t want to roast it all tonight.
Roasted Pork Loin
2 pound pork loin
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp thyme
Season pork and bake at 325 degrees for about an hour. Remove from oven and cover with foil. Allow to rest 10 minutes before carving.
Charles loves to fish. I haven’t the patience for it although I do enjoy eating some fresh fried fish from time to time.
He’s spent the past week drooling over fishing kayaks, seems like an expensive dinner if you factor in the price of a kayak …. I wonder how much lobster I could buy for a few hundred dollars … but I suppose there is no sport in that.
I will spare you the gruesome details of cleaning fish and just share a few picture.
I fried our fish. Use your favorite breading or make your own.
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup yellow corn meal
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp garlic
1 tsp salt
Mix above ingredients for fish flour. I sprinkled the fish with a bit of extra salt and pepper.
In hot skillet add about a 1/2 inch or so of oil. Dip fish in the flour mixture; you can either dry dip the fish or use an egg or milk wash for a thicker coating. Don’t pack breading into inner cavity; a little falling in won’t hurt. Fry in hot oil for about 3 minutes per side. Sprinkle with a little more salt and pepper if desired. Carefully remove bones watching for little ones along the way.