Test Kitchen Insider: Cooking with Chicharron Salt

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Can you believe that it’s been a year since The Original Chicharron Salt made its debut? August 17th marks National Chicharron Day aka Chicharron Salt’s birthday (psssst...be on the lookout for a special offer this weekend in honor of our favorite holiday!). When we got an early batch of the salt in the Test Kitchen to try, we were totally in heaven with the umami-salty-tangy combo—but also, totally stumped. How would we do this super unique seasoning justice? (Pictured above: Avocado Tempura.)

Of course, it’s incredible as a sprinkle—on fruit like watermelon or mango, fries, and homemade roasted pumpkin seeds, but by incorporating Chicharron Salt into a myriad of dishes and drinks, we got to know our little “Chicharronie Homie” on a whole ‘nother level.

Here are a few tips we learned along the way:

Pair it with Something Fresh

Learn more about this seasoning in Behind the Product: Chicharron Salt
by Savory Spice founder Mike Johnston

While this salt is great all year round, I associate it with the dog days of summer because it pairs so well with fresh, late-summer produce. A quick pulse with tomatillos, lime, garlic, and cilantro makes a really nice salsa verde to serve with fish, grilled meats, or squash roasted with a dash of Chipotle Chili Powder.

I wait eagerly for watermelon season every year. If you’re like me, it’s hard to imagine having extra watermelon around, but this Salted Watermelon Slushie is a very worthy alternative to eating it straight out of the rind (which you can also do, sprikled with Chicharron Salt of course). A few small peppery radishes blended with the mix play with the Chicharron Salt to balance out the sweetness of watermelon and citrus.

Pair it with Something Sweet

You know that salt and caramel is a magical combination, and the maple-bacon trend follows the same concept: a bit of savory, a bit of sweet, and a lot of complex flavors that vastly surpass saccharine sugariness or one-note saltiness. Chicharron Salt steps into desserts and pastries as the perfect addition to add depth of flavor, as well as a fun twist.

The first time I made Chicharron Salted Caramel Cookies, they disappeared from the Test Kitchen almost immediately. For months after they were introduced, people requested them consistently for our home office tradition of monthly birthday treats.

The cookies are incredible but I have an admission: I’m an ice cream gal. My very favorite thing to make with Chicharron Salt is this Maple Pecan Ice Cream or the non-dairy coconut, rum, and honey Macadamia Ice Cream. Don’t want to make ice cream? Chicharron Salted Chocolate Bark and Cashew Brittle come together really quickly and make awesome gifts (because the holiday season starts soon…right?).

Pair it with Something Savory

I have four words for you: Chicharron Salt Crusted Trout. I get it, it’s easy to start judging: I did when I first heard about this concept (“you’re coating fish with pork?”). Try it once, though, and you’ll be sold. To me, the cornmeal in the recipe isn’t optional. It makes a deliciously crispy and golden crust that stands up to a spicy, fruity mango-and-jalapeno salsa—if you’re into that sort of thing. The best part of the recipe is that the fish cooks in just a few minutes, so you end up with a super impressive dinner, fast.

If you’ve heard of avocado fries and haven’t tried them, you’re seriously missing out. Avocado Tempura is the perfect snack for that avo-lover in your life, or you can use them as a filling for vegetarian tacos. Serve them with the aforementioned salsa verde and insert heart-eye-emoji here.

While I’m not what you would call a baker, bread making is almost a spiritual experience, ya know? When I do it, I like to experiment with interesting methods and Soft Pretzels have long been one of my favorite weekend cooking projects. These are outstanding served with Spiced Mustard. If you love bread but don’t have the time to devote to homemade pretzels, try this incredibly easy bagel recipe (you’ll have it memorized after the first time) and top them with Chicharron Salt instead of Brooklyn Everything Bagel Blend (or make two batches and use both!).

 

Now that I’ve told you about all my favorite uses for this one-of-a-kind seasoning, comment below with your favorite way to use Chicharron Salt.

If you want to learn more about original Savory creations, check out our line of Spice ‘n Easy meal products, barbecue sauces, vegan and gluten-free Worcestershire Sauce, and ‘Cue Glue!

 


Comments on this Article


(guest), on August 13, 2018

Speaking of ice cream.... when we put the Whiskey Barrel Smoked Sugar on our shelf, the first thing I thought of was ice cream! I know a chef at a nearby inn so I went to him with the idea, which he turned into a Whiskey Barrel Smoked creme brulee garnished with berries and a thick slice of bacon. Now that our Chicharron Salt is the talk of the test kitchen, I'm reminded that, if the bacon was a delicious addition to the WB Smoked Sugar creme brulee, the Chicha Salt (as we lovingly call it at my house) would be a perfectly savory sprinkle on a WB Smoked Sugar ice cream. After all, what would Chicha's first birthday celebration be without ice cream?

(guest), on August 14, 2018

Chich, Chich Hooray! Bake up a Maple Bar Cake with gobs of buttercream frosting dotted with candied bacon bits & sprinkled with Chicharron Salt ;-P

(guest), on August 14, 2018

My Chicharron Salt is my most frequently used spice. It’s flavor is unique and unmatchable. For easy access, it remains on my counter top. I make a fresh batch of corn on the cob every other day. I spread a fresh ear of corn with some softened unsalted butter and sprinkle it generously with Chicharron Salt. After wrapping it tightly with aluminum foil, will cook the corn on low in my slow cooker for approximately five hours. The best corn I have ever had.

(guest), on August 14, 2018

This is a general question- are you going to ever have that
Deal where I buy gift certificate and then I have $10 free
Products from your store every month? It was a Black
Friday deal one year but I heard about it after the day BBB. keep please keep me on your email list!!!!

(guest), on August 14, 2018

Try this on - yes, I’m going to say it -Avocado Toast. Toasted Dave’s Killer bread, smashed avocado, light sprinkle of feta, and a dash of this tasty little salt. I put this on most everything since finding it, but I cannot do breakfast of any kind now without it. Did I mention Belgian waffles with a perfect egg, maple syrup and Chicharron Salt?

Ashlee Redger (registered user) on August 15, 2018

Hello Sandi. Sorry you missed the Black Friday deal last year, but we will be offering it again this year! Look out for upcoming blogs and emails about our $100 for $100 deal in 2019.

(guest), on August 15, 2018

Yea! My day off! Making buttermilk pancakes for breakfast with freeze dried corn, shredded cheddar chesse and crumbled bacon then topping them with dollops of sour cream, Chicharron Salt & pineapple jalapeno jelly ;-P

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