Turkish Biber Dolması

Turkish Biber Dolması

 

Turkish Biber Dolması

Turkish Biber Dolması

SpiceBreeze
Aromatic stuffed vegetables are a Turkish specialty. For Biber Dolması, small green bell peppers with thin skin are simmered in a light tomato sauce. The typical filling is a meat and rice mixture seasoned with mint, parsley, and regional dried peppers. Our blend features the mild and fruity pepper from Aleppo. For a vegetarian version combine raisin and pine nuts with rice.
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Turkish
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Protein

  • 6 oz ground beef* or lamb, pork, or poultry

Fresh Produce

  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 cup parsley finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4-5 medium green bell peppers**/***

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • 1.5 cups short grain rice raw, rinsed
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 3-5 cups broth of your choice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Biber Dolması Culinary Spice Kit

  • Paprika, Aleppo pepper, mint, cumin, black pepper

Suggested Sides

  • fresh bread
  • fresh salad

Instructions
 

Prepare

  • Dissolve tomato puree in 3 cups broth.
  • [Step 2] In a BOWL, add all remaining ingredients, except the bell peppers and broth. Add Biber Dolması spices and salt to taste. Mix well.
  • Of each bell pepper, cut off the top and clean out the seeds.
  • Fill them with the mixture from [step 2].
  • Find a POT that is wide enough to tightly fit all bell peppers in one layer.

Cook

  • In the POT, place filled bell peppers with the top up. Optionally, cover with the bell pepper top.
  • Pour tomato-broth around them.
  • Add more broth up to 2/3 of the height of the bell peppers. Add salt to taste.
  • Cover the POT. Bring broth to a boil.
  • Turn heat to medium-low.
  • Cook for about 30 minutes until the rice is cooked.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

* Substitute meat with 1 cup of raisins and pine nuts.
** If you can find small thin bell peppers, double the amount of bell peppers and use a wider pot.
*** Substitute green bell peppers with other colored bell peppers, zucchini, or both.
Georgian Chashushuli

Georgian Chashushuli

 

Georgian Chashushuli

Georgian Chashushuli

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Chashushuli, or ‘stewed’ in Georgian, is a satisfyingly rich meat and tomato stew resembling European goulash. Combining veal, beef, chicken, or pork with tomatoes, onions, garlic, and a generous seasoning of herbs and spices to simmer in broth or water renders an intense, flavorful, and aromatic dish – ideal for chilly evenings. It is important to first fry the meat before adding to and stewing with the other ingredients; alternatively, substitute meat for mushrooms for a vegetarian version. Soak up the stew with a side of fresh-baked bread of your choice!
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Georgian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Protein

  • 1.25 lbs veal, beef, or lamb stew

Fresh Produce

  • 2 medium onions finely chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro and/or parsley

Diary

  • butter

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • 1 cup broth
  • salt

Chashushuli Culinary Spice Kit

  • Garlic, coriander, methi, paprika, caraway, chili, black pepper, summer savory

Suggested Sides

  • fresh bread and cucumber salad
  • coleslaw with grilled corn kernels and sliced radishes with a dressing to taste*)
  • roasted eggplant cubes with farro or quinoa

Instructions
 

  • In a large POT, or SAUTE PAN, heat 2 tbsp butter over high heat, careful not to burn it.
  • Add meat in one layer. If necessary, work in two batches for this first step.
  • Fry the meat until all sides have turned brown. Stir frequently.
  • Add onions, tomatoes, 1/2 cup broth, garlic, Chashushuli spices, 3/4 cup of fresh herbs, and salt to taste.
  • Cover and cook over low-medium heat until the meat is tender. Stir occasionally. Add more broth if necessary.

Serve

  • Garnish with remaining herbs.
  • Serve with fresh bread and your preferred sides.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Substitute meat with chicken thighs or tenders, cut into bite size pieces, or with quartered button mushrooms.
 
*) Dressing: start with 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp mustard, and 1 tbsp olive oil
Polish Barszcz Wigilijny

Polish Barszcz Wigilijny

 

Polish Barszcz Wigilijny

Polish Barszcz Wigilijny

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This Christmas Eve, you are invited to the first course of a traditional Polish supper with this clear borscht soup. The soup is made from beetroots and mushrooms. Traditionally, it is poured over homemade mushroom dumplings, but you can choose your favorite tortellini instead. If you prefer a complete dinner meal, keep the vegetables in the soup. To make the flavor experience complete, serve the soup with fresh herbs, a dollop of sour cream, and a slice of dark rye bread.
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Polish
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Protein

  • 9 oz tortellini mushroom or meat

Fresh Produce

  • 1 lemon
  • fresh chives dill, or sprouts (optional for garnish)

Dairy

  • sour cream optional

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • 1 jar pickled beetroots 16 oz, sliced
  • 32 oz vegetable broth
  • 0.5 oz dried mushrooms sliced
  • 0.25 cup vinegar apple cider or wine
  • salt

Barszcz Culinary Spice Kit

  • Allspice garlic, black pepper, marjoram, cinnamon, star anise, cloves

Suggested Sides

  • dark rye bread or baguette

Instructions
 

Prepare

  • In a BOWL, strain the liquid from the beetroot jar. Set aside for later.

Soup

  • In a large POT, bring broth to a boil.
  • Turn heat off. Stir in mushrooms.
  • Let mushrooms rest for 30 minutes.
  • Bring broth to a boil again.
  • Add the beetroots, Barszcz spices, and salt to taste. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add the reserved beetroot liquid.
  • Add up to 1 tbsp lemon juice and 1/8 cup vinegar to taste.
  • Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Drain soup through a fine-mesh SIEVE.

Tortellini

  • Cook tortellini according to package instructions.

Serve

  • Place tortellini on soup plates and then fill plates with the soup.
  • Optionally, add a dollop of sour cream. Serve with bread and garnish with fresh herbs or sprouts.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Substitute dried mushrooms with 3 oz fresh mushrooms. Skip steps 2-4 and add fresh mushrooms with the beetroots in step 5.
Variant 1
Skip step 9 and leave the vegetables in the soup.
Variant 2
Skip step 9 and puree the vegetables in the soup with a hand blender.
European Holiday Feast

European Holiday Feast

 

Holiday Feast

European Holiday Feast

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Roasted goose with potato dumplings and holiday spiced red cabbage is one of the traditional holiday feasts in Northern Europe. The preparation is faster and easier with gnocchi and chicken or turkey. You can save even more time without gravy. The juicy sauce out of the oven is scrumptious by itself. The key ingredient is the herb mugwort. It's also beneficial for the digestion.
Cuisine Austrian, German, Polish
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 4 lbs chicken legs and breast with bones and skin
  • 1 lb red cabbage finely sliced
  • 1 orange peeled and quartered
  • 1 sour apple quartered
  • 1 sour apple chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 lb gnocchi
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 0.5 cup red wine
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • oil
  • salt & pepper

Culinary Spice Kit

  • [1] Mugwort Do not use during pregnancy
  • [2] Juniper berries, cloves, bay leaf

Instructions
 

Chicken

  • Preheat OVEN to 350°F.
  • Rub chicken on all sides with salt & pepper.
  • In a large OVEN DISH, spread 2 tbsp oil and add chicken pieces skin-side down.
  • Distribute Holiday Feast [1] spices, orange, apple quarters, onions, and 1 cup of water around the chicken.
  • Cover*) and bake in the OVEN for 45-60 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Every 15 minutes, stir the liquid and spoon it over the chicken.
  • After 30 minutes take off the cover and turn the chicken.

Gnocchi

  • Prepare gnocchi according to package instructions.

Gravy

  • In a POT, strain liquid from the OVEN DISH.
  • In a small CUP, dissolve flour in 1/8 cup water.
  • Add flour-water to the POT. Bring to a boil, reduce to medium.
  • Simmer for 2-5 minutes until it thickens. Add salt & pepper to taste.

Cabbage

  • In a POT, melt butter.
  • Add cabbage and vinegar. Sauté for 5 minutes.
  • Add chopped apple, wine, Holiday Feast [2] spices, salt to taste, and a dash of sugar.
  • Mix well, cover, and cook over low heat for 45-60 minutes until the cabbage is tender, stirring occasionally. Enjoy!

Notes

Notes & Variations
▪ Substitute chicken with turkey, goose, duck, or pork tenderloin. Adjust cooking time.
▪ Substitute gnocchi with mash potatoes.
▪ Substitute orange with 1 cup of cranberries.
*) Use aluminum foil to cover the chicken.
Egyptian Dukkah

Egyptian Dukkah

 

Egyptian Dukkah

Egyptian Dukkah

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Dukkah is an Egyptian mixture of spices and nuts. Sesame and hazelnuts are most common. Pistachios or almonds are great alternatives. The ingredients are toasted to develop a more intensive flavor. Optionally, add rosemary or oregano.
"Delicious brilliant idea
What can say? What a creative idea for 1, and a delicious meal each time for 2. I recieved 2 Meal spice kits (these include the spices for the entire meal & a recipe card with what to get or add to your shopping list).
1st meal: Dukkah Lamb - This was fantastic. Definitely follow cooking instructions from Spice breeze cards -- I finished slightly faster in oven for a more rare chop- to die for! (...)" Serena Ricker (Trustpilot Review)
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Egyptian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Protein

  • 9 small lamb chops trimmed

Fresh Produce

  • 1 lb sweet potatoes cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 lb Brussels sprouts trimmed and halved lengthwise
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • 1/4 cup ground hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, or pistachios
  • oil
  • salt & pepper

Dukkah Culinary Spice Kit

  • pouch [1] coriander and cumin toasted
  • pouch [2] sesame seeds roasted

Instructions
 

Preheat the OVEN to 400°F.

  • In a BOWL, mix sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts with 2 tbsp oil, and salt & pepper to taste.
  • Place all in one layer on a non-sticking BAKING SHEET.
  • Cook vegetables in the OVEN for 30-40 minutes, turning midway.

Shortly before vegetables are done:

  • Season chops with salt & pepper to taste, and Dukkah [1] spices.
  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil and fry garlic for 30 seconds over medium-low heat.
  • Add chops and fry them over medium heat until your desired doneness.

Serve

  • In a small BOWL, mix nuts with Dukkah [2] spices. Sprinkle over plated chops.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Substitute lamb with 1.25 lb chicken breast strips, filet mignon, pork chops, fish (salmon, halibut, cod), eggplant slices (1/2 inch), or seitan.
  • Substitute vegetables with potatoes and/or carrots.
  • Optional, drizzle meal with pomegranate molasses, and/or serve with hummus sprinkled with lemon.
Alternative - Quick Recipe:
Mix Dukkah spices with nuts, 2-4 tbsp olive oil, and salt to taste.
Enjoy as a dip with fresh baguette, mix it with cooked pasta, or drizzle it over baked vegetables.
Persian Khoresh Gheimeh

Persian Khoresh Gheimeh

 

Persian Khoresh Gheimeh

Persian Khoresh Gheimeh

SpiceBreeze
Khoresh Gheimeh is a traditional Persian dish, a unique combination of fries over a lentil stew. The key flavor ingredient is dried Omani, or black lime, with its distinct flavor paired with holiday spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg. Omani limes are usually added in whole and cooked for hours. This spice blend includes ground Omani limes for a delicious weeknight dinner.
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Persian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Protein

  • 1/2 lb lamb or beef stew
  • 1 cup red lentils

Fresh Produce

  • 1 lb potatoes cut into fries
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic grated

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • 5 cups broth
  • 1 cup tomato puree not flavored
  • 3 cups boiled or steamed rice
  • oil
  • salt & pepper

Gheimeh Culinary Spice Kit

  • Omani limes, cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, black pepper, cardamom, white pepper, nutmeg

Instructions
 

Fries

  • Preheat OVEN to 400°F.
  • In a BOWL, mix potatoes with 2 tbsp oil and salt to taste.
  • Place potatoes in one layer on a non-stick BAKING SHEET.
  • Bake in OVEN for 20-30 minutes until they become crisp and golden. Turn midway.

Lentils

  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil.
  • Fry onions over medium heat until they turn golden. Add garlic. Stir-fry for 1 minute.
  • Add meat. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Stir-fry for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add broth, tomato puree, Gheimeh spices, and salt & pepper to taste. Cover.
  • Bring to a boil. Cook over low heat until the meat is almost tender.
  • Add lentils and adjust salt.
  • Cook for about 20 minutes until all ingredients are tender.

Serve

  • Serve lentils over rice and top with fries.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Omit the meat and cook the broth for 15 minutes before adding the lentils.
  • Substitute lentils with yellow split peas. Soak them in water overnight and add about 10 minutes to the cooking time.
  • Substitute potatoes with frozen fries.