❖ Chinese Five-Spice is an extraordinary and robust, sweet and spicy mélange of powerfully scented spices that brings hot, crispy, numbing & deliciously savory flavor to dishes. Traditionally used all across Asia and Hawaii, it is named not after the number of ingredients in it, but after the five flavors profile. It's meant to be a seasoning that touches on what the Chinese consider the five principal tastes which has a long and rich history in Chinese food culture. The five flavors are sweet, sour, salty, bitter and piquant (or spicy). The combination of these flavors is thought to create balance: Chinese Five-Spice engages the whole palate with all five flavors in perfect measure.
At the heart of Chinese-Five Spice is Szechuan pepper (花椒 - Huā Jiāo), an ancient spice that has been cultivated in China for thousands of years that is responsible for the unique tongue-tingling sensation.
❖ Using at Home
You can use Five-Spice blend in many different ways including adding it to stew meat or poultry, making it part of a marinade and meat sauces, as a spice rub (with a bit of sea salt) when roasting foods, and as a seasoning in the breading for fried foods. Try it to season sweeter meats such as pork or duck, poultry, and pan fried foods, in baking, for spice cakes, muffins or cookies, and to season peanuts or mixed nuts.
Here are some other ideas:
The highly aromatic spices included here are the most commonly used in Chinese Five-Spice. Our hand mixed blend combines the sweet tones of Star Anise with the bite of spicy Szechuan pepper, and the sweetness of Cassia Cinnamon and Cloves. Finely ground Fennel seeds and Coriander seeds balance and unite the flavors.
Those are the only ingredients, yet the balanced synergy of this pungent mix, carefully blended, offers a bouquet of traditional Chinese flavors. This makes for a potent blend, and Five-Spice is best used in moderation.
❖ Explore the flavors with these tasty recipes
To make a remarkable olive oil seasoning dip, mix 2 tablespoons Classic OLIVE-OIL BREAD DIPPING Seasoning with ½ cup of your favorite extra virgin olive oil. Quick Tip: For best flavor gently heat oil with bread dipper for 30-60 seconds in microwave or on the stove top. You can of course easily adjust this with more or less seasoning to suite the tastes of your friends and family. We like to mix this and let it set for about 30 minutes prior to using as that allows the seasonings to fully marry with the olive oil. Serve hunks of crusty french bread around little ramekins of this signature blend paired with a top notch olive oil and watch it disappear!
For a tasty vinegar and oil salad dressing, mix 2 tablespoons Olive-Oil Dipping Seasoning with 2/3 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup vinegar, let stand for at least 15 minutes.
This blend is quite versatile, and it makes a great marinade, using the dressing recipe from above, for chicken, pork or fish. Classic Olive Oil Dipping Seasoning can also be used as a dry rub for steaks, lamb or pork chops. It's delicious as a seasoning for breading or a topping for macaroni and cheese, or mixing some in with breadcrumbs for meatballs, or into sour cream for a quick potato chip dip or on your breadsticks just before they go in the oven. Also into salads, casserole, bread, pizza dough, pasta. A pinch of this blend is also great sprinkled on baked chicken, french fries, or popcorn.
Ingredients: Hand mixed from Rosemary, dried Lemon peel, Chives, roasted minced Onion, Mediterranean Oregano, Parsley and Himalayan pink sea Salt.
This mouthwatering smoky garlic dip mix is delicious with potato chips, pretzels and vegetables. It also makes a wonderful, creamy salad dressing.
Use to season breadsticks, focaccia, mushroom stuffings or stir fries. Toss in with green salads or side salads (like chicken, potato or tofu), add to casseroles, meat gravies, soups or stews. Use with a little olive oil to create a wet rub for chicken, fish, seafood. Shake on buttered or steamed vegetables (especially green beans and potatoes). You will also find it a great way to spice up your burgers, salads, pizza and pasta as well. This blend is easy to love!
To make a quick salad dressing mix 2 tablespoons of Roasted Garlic seasoning with 2/3 cups of olive oil and 1/3 cup of either red wine or balsamic vinegar.
The flavor profile of our extra-flavorful Roasted Garlic & Herbs seasoning is a delightful balance of red bell pepper and roasted garlic flakes with the delightful undertones provided by rosemary, thyme, sun-dried tomato, savory, oregano, and Himalayan sea salt. Specially made for cooks to inspire extraordinary menus and deliver consistent recipes.
This robust blend is a blank canvas, just screaming for flavor fusion. Greek Spice, or Grecque, is a gentle and tasty, highly aromatic, seasoning blend for Mediterranean luvin’ flavor. It is versatile and easy to use. Greek need only be paired with olive oil.
Taste and Aroma
Saratoga Spicery Greek Seasoning is packed fresh offering quality you can taste. All spices, herbs, and blends are Non-Irradiated, no preservatives, all-natural, no MSG, no GMO, and zero fillers ★ Small Batch Blended ★ Freshness Dated ★ Good up to 1 year after opening, but even better if used within 6 months ★ Hand crafted in U.S.A.
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