Pan Sauteed Shrimp

Recommended blends: Chesapeake, Chili Dust, Creole, Currying Favor, Gyro, Montreal, Sriracha, Tuscan, Tuscan Heat

1 tbsp District Spice blend (start with 1 tsp for Sriracha)
1 lb medium-sized raw shrimp (tails removed)
2 tbsp olive oil

  1. Add olive oil to pan, heat until almost smoking
  2. Add shrimp to oil and stir, cooking until slightly pink
  3. Sprinkle on District Spice blend, and continue stirring until shrimp is cooked (opaque)
  4. Optional: Add a dash of salt

Chesapeake Yogurt Hollandaise

Makes 3-4 servings

2 tsp District Spice Chesapeake blend
1 cup plain Greek yogurt (full fat)
3 egg yolks
Juice from half a lemon
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Couple dashes salt

  1. In a small bowl, mix yogurt, yolks, and lemon juice until blended.
  2. Heat mixture using a double boiler (if you don’t have one, place a strainer/sieve over a sauce pan of water and place bowl in the sieve, ensuring water is not high enough to spill into bowl), stirring frequently, for about 10-15 minutes over low-medium heat, until the sauce is hot, but not simmering.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in Chesapeake blend, mustard, and a couple dashes of salt.
  4. Mix well, and serve over eggs!

Chesapeake Yogurt Hollandaise, used to make Crabcake Eggs Benedict
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Montreal Roasted Potatoes

Makes approximately 6-8 servings

2 tbsp District Spice Montreal blend
3 lbs russet potatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
Optional: 4 strips bacon (pork or vegan substitute), cooked & chopped into 1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces; 1 red onion, chopped and sauteed; splash dessert wine

  1. Combine olive oil and District Spice Montreal blend in container, and let sit for one hour.  For best results, let blend infuse overnight.
  2. Dice potatoes into circa 1/2 inch pieces, and soak for one hour in cool water, to remove excess starch.
  3. Strain potatoes and allow to dry.  Use a towel to pat potatoes dry as needed.
  4. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Optional: Dice red onion.  Use a small amount of oil, or fat from the bacon, to caramelize the onion.  For additional flavor, add some dessert wine to onions and saute until liquid is gone.  Add onion to bacon, mix, and set aside.
  6. Toss dry potatoes in a bowl with Montreal-infused olive oil.  Once coated, arrange potatoes in baking dish one layer deep.  Pour any remain oil in the bowl over the potatoes.
  7. Bake dish for 30 minutes.  Toss potatoes in dish, and continue baking for an additional 30 minutes, or until potatoes are browned.
  8. Optional: Sprinkle bacon/onion mixture over potatoes and continuing baking for 5 minutes.
  9. Remove potatoes from oven, and allow to cool 5 minutes before serving.Montreal roasted potatoes, vegan style
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Recommended blends: Gyro, Montreal, Tuscan/Tuscan Heat

Makes approximately 6-8 servings

1 tbsp District Spice blend
1.5 pounds Brussels sprouts, halved
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt (optional)

  • Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Toss Brussels sprouts with olive oil and District Spice blend until coated.
  • Spread Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet.  Sprinkle on salt, as desired.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until roasted.  Serve hot.

Brussels sprouts before oven (Montreal blend):
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Finished Brussels sprouts (Montreal blend):
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Sweet Potato Crumble

Makes approx. 8-10 servings

1 tsp District Spice Hand in the Cookie Jar blend
2-3 sweet potatoes
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter
1 cup oats

  1. Bake sweet potatoes at 400 degrees F for two hours.  Remove the skins and place potatoes into food processor.  Blend until smooth.
  2. Blend butter, brown sugar, oats, and District Spice Hand in the Cookie Jar blend until well mixed.
  3. Pour sweet potatoes into 9×9 baking dish.  Evenly spread the oat mixture over the top.
  4. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes, or until the top caramelizes.  Serve hot.

Montreal Burger

Makes 4 burgers

1 tbsp District Spice Montreal blend
1 lb ground beef
4 burger buns (or bread/wrap/lettuce of your choice)
your favorite toppings (cheese, onion, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard, pickles, etc.)

  1. Mix District Spice Montreal blend and ground meat until well blended.  Divide into four equal parts.
  2. Create a patty, about one inch thick, from each portion of ground meat.  Cook using your preferred method for cooking burgers, to your desired temperature.  Place burger on the bun, adding any and all of your desired toppings.

District Spice Hummus

Recommended blends: Chesapeake, Chili Dust, Creole, Currying Favor, Gyro, Ranch, SouthWest, Sriracha, Taco/Taco Heat, Tuscan/Tuscan Heat, Za’atar

1 tbsp District Spice blend (see above for recommended blends, use 1/2 tbsp for Sriracha), plus 1 tsp for garnish (1/2 tsp for Sriracha)
2 cans (15 oz each) chickpeas
3 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp olive oil
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1 tsp salt

  1. Drain chickpea cans, saving the reserve for use later.
  2. Combine District Spice blend of choice, chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt in a blender or food processor, and puree.  While mixing, incrementally add chickpea reserve chickpea until you reach your desired creamy consistency.  Throw away unused liquid.
  3. Transfer to bowl, and lightly sprinkle 1 tsp District Spice blend over top for garnish. Serve, or chill for later use.

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Peppery Sauteed Vegetables

1-2 tbsp District Spice Montreal blend (depending on how peppery you want your dish)
1 medium zucchini
1 medium yellow squash
3 carrots, peeled
2 tbsp olive oil
Dash salt (optional)

  1. Coin the zucchini, yellow squash, and carrots.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet.
  3. Add the carrots to the skillet and toss/stir to coat in olive oil.  Cook until slightly soft, then add remaining vegetables.
  4. After about 3 minutes, add the District Spice Montreal blend.  Toss/stir to coat.
  5. Cook 2 minutes, or until done to preference.  Sprinkle on some salt, if desired, and toss.  Serve hot.

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Makes 4-6 servings

1 1/2 tbsp District Spice blend (Gyro, Tuscan, or Tuscan Heat)
31 oz (2 cans) Chickpeas
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper, to taste

  1. Strain chickpeas, add to mixing bowl.
  2. Add red onion, sun-dried tomatoes, District Spice blend, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.  Toss thoroughly.  Add salt and pepper to taste and toss.  Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

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