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Thin Spaghetti and Butternut Squash with Salt Table Savannah Spanish Moss Blend

Recipe by Damon Lee Fowler, featuring

Salt Table Savannah Spanish Moss Blend

Butternut squash, bacon, and sage just seem to say fall and this simple sauce for thin spaghetti makes good use of all three. The Salt Table’s Savannah Spanish Moss Blend really pulls those flavors together, since it blends sage with two other great fall herbs, rosemary and thyme.

 

Serves 4

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 extra-thick slices applewood smoked bacon, cut into dice
  • 1 small (1-1/2-pound) butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 2 medium shallots, peeled and diced small
  • Salt Table Savannah Spanish Moss Blend
  • 2 small scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • The Salt Table Sea Salt
  • 12 ounces (¾ pound) thin spaghetti
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 tablespoon very small sage leaves, left whole, or larger leaves roughly chopped

 

How to make it:

  1. Put the bacon in a 3-quart deep sauté or braising pan and sauté over medium heat until it’s browned and its fat is rendered. Spoon off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat or drain it all off and add 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter. Add the squash and toss until it’s hot through and glossy. Add the shallot and sauté until both are beginning to color at the edges, about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Season well with Spanish Moss Blend and toss, then add about ¼ cup of water stirring and scraping to loosen any cooking residue from the pan. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and cook until the squash is just tender, about 4-5 minutes longer. Check to make sure the moisture doesn’t completely evaporate, adding a spoonful of water if needed. Uncover, add the scallion, and toss until they’re bright green and hot. Turn off the heat. The sauce can be made ahead to this point.
  3. When you’re ready to serve the pasta, bring 4 quarts of water to a rolling boil. Stir in a small handful of sea salt and the spaghetti. Cook, stirring occasionally, until it’s al dente (firm to the bite but not pasty at the center), using the manufacturer’s suggested cooking time as guide. When it’s almost ready, gently reheat the squash sauce over medium low heat. Then the pasta is done, reserve ¼ cup of the cooking liquid and drain the pasta. Don’t over-drain it. Add it to the sauce in the pan and toss well. If it seems dry, add a tablespoon or so of pasta cooking water.
  4. Add half the cheese and toss, again adding a little pasta cooking water if it’s too dry. Scatter small whole sage leaves over and serve from pan or turn into serving bowl and sprinkle with the sage leaves. Serve at once, passing the remaining cheese separately.

Savannah Spanish Moss Blend

 

Sautéed Fall Vegetable Medley with Salt Table Smoked Bacon Salt or Savannah Sizzle Blend

Recipe by Damon Lee Fowler, featuring

Salt Table Smoked Bacon Salt or Savannah Sizzle Blend

Who says a meal has to be a slab of protein with vegetables on the side? This medley of vegetables is satisfying all by itself as a main dish, especially when its flavor is revved up with Salt Table’s Smoked Bacon Salt or spicy Savannah Sizzle Blend. It would also be delightful with Black Truffle Salt.

Best of all, it involves only one pan, so clean up is equally as fast and easy.

 

Serves 2 as main dish with bread or rice, 3-4 as a side dish.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 stalk (head) broccoli
  • 1 medium yellow squash or zucchini
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 4-5 scallions or 1 small yellow onion or large shallot
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • Salt Table Smoked Bacon Salt or Savannah Sizzle
  • 1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, optional

How to make it:

  1. Wash the broccoli, trim it, and peel the woody skin on the stem. Remove the florets and break them into bite-sized pieces. Cut the stem into bite-sized chunks. Keep the stem and florets separated. Scrub the squash under cold running water, trim, split lengthwise, and cut it into bite-sized chunks. Peel the carrot and cut it into chunks the same size as the broccoli stem and zucchini. Wash, trim, and cut the scallions into 1-inch lengths, keeping white and green part separated. If you’re using yellow onion or shallots instead, trim, split lengthwise, peel, and dice.
  2. Film a wok or large, heavy-bottomed frying pan with oil and add the garlic. Warm it over medium high heat until the garlic is sizzling and fragrant but not colored. Add the broccoli stem, squash, carrot, and white part of scallion or diced onion or shallot and sauté 2 minutes or until the stem is bright green and hot through, tossing constantly.
  3. Add the broccoli florets and sauté 1 minute, tossing constantly. Season liberally with Salt Table Smoked Bacon Salt or Savannah Sizzle, add about ¼ cup water, and cover the pan. Cook 2 minutes or until the carrots and broccoli stem are done to your taste. They should still be slightly crisp but easy to bite.
  4. Uncover and add green parts of scallions. Toss until both are wilted and liquid is evaporated, about 1 minute longer. Turn off the heat, stir in the parsley, if using, and serve.

Smoked Bacon Sea Salt, coarse grain

Savannah Sizzle Seasoning & Rub

Southern Herb Garden Baked Beans

Recipe by Damon Lee Fowler, featuring

Salt Table Hostess City Southern Hospitality Blend

This old summer cookout favorite gets a fresh lift by using a blend of four kinds of beans that are subtly enhanced by The Salt Table’s Hostess City Southern Hospitality Blend. They go together quickly and can bake while you’re getting the grill ready.

Other blends that would work well here include The Salt Table’s Southern Spring Blend, Southern Italian Blend, and, of course, All ‘Round Good Grinder Blend.

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 1 28-ounce can baked beans with sauce
  • 1 15-16-ounce can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 15-16-ounce can red beans or red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 15-16-ounce can black beans, drained
  • 3 extra-thick-cut slices applewood smoked bacon (or 6 slices regular bacon), diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, trimmed, split lengthwise, peeled, and diced
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • Large pinch dry mustard, optional
  • Salt Table Hostess City Southern Hospitality Blend

How to make it:

  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat it to 350° F. Put the baked beans with their sauce, pintos, red, and black beans into a 9-inch square or 2½ quart casserole and gently toss to mix.
  2. But the bacon in a 9-inch skillet over medium heat and sauté until it is browned and its fat is rendered. Spoon off all but a tablespoon of the fat, add the onion, and sauté until the onion is softened and golden. Turn off the heat and transfer the bacon and onions to the casserole.
  3. Add the ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard, if using and season liberally with Salt Table’s Hostess City Southern Hospitality Blend. Gently but thoroughly mix, level the top with the back of the spoon, taste and adjust the seasoning blend, and bake until bubbly to the center and lightly crusted over on top, about 1 hour.

 

* NEW! Hostess City Southern Hospitality Blend

Southern Herb Garden Grinder Blend

Southern Italian Grinder Blend

* NEW! Southern Springtime Salt and Herb Grinder Blend

#1 Salt Table All Round Good Grinder Blend is the best all purpose seasoning blend

Italian White Bean Salad

Recipe by Damon Lee Fowler, featuring

Salt Table Southern Italian Blend or Southern Herb Garden Blend

 

Southern Italian Blend is a perfect pairing with white beans, whether they’re served hot or cold and whether the beans are cannellini, (Italian white kidney beans), Great Northern, or even Navy beans. It’s a great side dish on its own with almost any grilled food.

My favorite easy summer lunch is to mix this with two well-drained six-ounce cans of solid light tuna packed in olive oil. I offer lemon wedges on the side for that.

Other appropriate Salt Table blends for seasoning this salad would be Southern Herb Garden and All ‘Round Good Grinder Blend.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cooked, drained cannellini (white kidney beans), or canned cannellini
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 heaped tablespoons nonpareil capers, drained
  • 12-16 brine-cured black olives, pitted and sliced (do not use canned)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • The Salt Table Southern Italian Blend or Southern Herb Garden Blend
  • Romaine lettuce leaves, optional

How to make it:

  1. If you’re using canned beans, drain and rinse them well. In a mixing bowl, toss together the beans, onion, capers, olives, and 1 tablespoon parsley. Season well with Southern Italian blend, to taste, sprinkle with enough oil to lightly coat the beans and gently toss until they’re evenly coated. Sprinkle lightly with vinegar, to taste, toss, and let stand 30 minutes.
  2. Taste and adjust the vinegar, oil, and seasoning blend, gently toss, and if liked serve the salad over lettuce leaves. Sprinkle the remaining parsley over the salad just before serving.

Southern Italian Grinder Blend

Southern Herb Garden Grinder Blend

Stir-Fried Asparagus with Leeks and New Potatoes

 Recipe by Damon Lee Fowler, featuring

Salt Table Hostess City Southern Hospitality Blend

This recipe is adapted from Beans, Greens, & Sweet Georgia Peaches, Second Edition, by Damon Lee Fowler (Globe Pequot Press/2014). The original had parsley, salt, and pepper as seasonings, but the herbs and lemon essence blended into The Salt Table’s Hostess City Southern Hospitality Blend are perfect mates for spring asparagus, new potatoes, and leeks. It really adds a boost the flavor and condenses the condiments into a single ingredient that requires only a few shakesr.

Serves 4

 

Ingredients

  • ½ pound small red new potatoes, scrubbed under cold running water
  • 1½ pounds fresh, fat-stemmed asparagus
  • Green tops of 2 large leeks, washed and trimmed
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Salt Table Hotess City Southern Hospitality Blend* or use another great Salt Table blend noted below
  • 1 tablespoon minced flat leaf parsley, optional

 

How to make it:

  1. Bring at least an inch of water to a boil over medium high heat in a heavy bottomed pot. Put the steaming basket or insert in or over the pot, add the potatoes, cover, and reduce the heat to medium. Steam until the potatoes are just tender and can be pierced easily with a sharp paring knife, about 8-10 minutes. Let them cool, and if making them ahead, cover and refrigerate. They can be precooked as much as a day ahead.
  2. Meanwhile, wash and trim the asparagus, peel the tough lower part of stem, and cut it into 1-inch lengths, keeping the tips separate from stems. Slice the leek greens crosswise into 2-inch lengths, then cut into thin strips. When ready to finish the sauté, cut the potatoes into 1-inch pieces (halves if small, quarters if larger, eighths if really large).
  3. Melt the butter in a large skillet or sauté pan over medium high heat. Add the asparagus stems. Stir-fry, tossing frequently, until they’re bright green and beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the potatoes and continue tossing until beginning to turn golden, about 3 minutes longer.
  4. Add the leek greens and asparagus tips and season well with several grindings of Hostess City Southern Hospitality blend. Stir-fry, tossing frequently, until the asparagus is crisp-tender and beginning to brown, but still firm and bright green. Stir in the parsley if using and turn off the heat. Taste and correct Hostess City Southern Hospitality blend and serve at once.

* NEW! Hostess City Southern Hospitality Blend

* Other appropriate blends would be The Salt Table’s Southern Herb Garden Grinder Blend, All Round Good Grinder Blend, and Southern Italian Grinder Blend

Roasted Spring Root Vegetables

 Recipe by Damon Lee Fowler, featuring

Salt Table Hostess City Southern Hospitality Blend

Our “roasting” is really roasting but high temperature baking, but never mind: This is a popular and simply beautiful way to prepare fresh spring vegetables. The special blend of herbs in The Salt Table’s Hostess City Southern Hospitality Blend are the perfect seasoning for this method and simplifies the preparation since the seasonings are already perfectly blended.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS:

8 very small carrots with tops attached

12 small fresh radishes with tops attached

8-12 very small red or gold new potatoes

8-12 small shallots

8 small baby turnips, with tops attached

Extra-virgin olive oil

Hostess City Southern Hospitality Blend or use another great Salt Table blend noted below

2 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley or blend of fresh herbs, optional

 

HOW TO MAKE IT:

  1. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 450° F. Trim off all but 1 inch of the carrot tops. Wash, and if they’re not freshly gathered, peel, and cut them on the diagonal into 2-3 pieces. Wash and trim the radishes, leaving an inch of their tops attached, and halve them. Scrub the potatoes and halve them. Trim and peel the shallots, but leave them whole. Wash the turnips and trim them, leaving 1 inch of tops attached, then halve or quarter them.
  2. Drizzle a large, heavy-bottomed roasting pan or heavy rimmed half-sheet pan with oil. Spread the vegetables on the pan, drizzle with more oil, and toss to mix and coat. Spread them flat (they should have room around them) with the potatoes cut-side-up, and season well with Hostess City Southern Hospitality Blend. Roast 8 minutes, stir, turning potatoes cut side down, and roast, stirring occasionally, until tender and lightly browned, about 10-15 minutes more.
  3. Taste and adjust the Hostess City Southern Hospitality Blend. Toss well and sprinkle with the optional parsley or other herbs, if using. Serve at once directly from the roasting pan.

* NEW! Hostess City Southern Hospitality Blend

* Other The Salt Table blends that are compatible with this recipe include Southern Herb Garden Grinder Blend, All Round Good Grinder Blend, Southern Italian Grinder Blend and Savannah River Street Cobblestone Blend

Gratin of New Potatoes with Spring Onions

 Recipe by Damon Lee Fowler, featuring

Salt Table Hostess City Southern Hospitality Blend

Potato gratins don’t have to be heavy with white sauce or cream or, for that matter, loaded with cheese to be good. The Salt Table’s Hostess City Southern Hospitality Blend is an ideal pairing for new potatoes and pairs well with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and a couple of fresh green onions to brighten the flavor.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS:

1¼ pounds small new potatoes

2 small green onions, washed, trimmed and thinly sliced

Salt Table Hostess City Southern Hospitality Blend or use another great Salt Table blend noted below

1¼ cups (about 5 ounces) freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese

3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon unsalted butter, melted

¼ cup dry breadcrumbs

 

HOW TO MAKE IT:

  1. Prepare a heavy-bottomed pot with at least 1 inch cold water and a steamer insert (the water should not touch the insert). Cover and bring it to boil over high heat. Meanwhile, scrub the potatoes under cold running water. Add them to the pot, cover, and steam 2 minutes. Adjust the heat to medium and steam until the potatoes are just tender, about 15-20 minutes, depending on their size.
  2. Remove them from the pot and let them cool enough to handle. Butter a 2-quart gratin dish or shallow casserole. Slice the potatoes and arrange them in rows in dish, overlapping and scattering the onions among the potatoes and seasoning each row with Salt Table Hostess City Southern Hospitality Blend . Sprinkle each row with a little Parmigiano and as you go, reserving ¼ cup for topping the gratin. Drizzle each row with butter, reserving 1 teaspoon for the crumbs. If any onions remain, scatter them over top. The gratin can be made several hours ahead to this point. Cover well.
  3. 45 minutes before serving, position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375° F. Sprinkle the gratin with the remaining Parmigiano-Reggiano. Melt the remaining teaspoon of butter over low heat in a small skillet. Add the breadcrumbs and stir until they evenly absorb the butter. Sprinkle the buttered crumbs over the top and bake in the center of the oven until it’s hot through and the top is lightly browned, about 20-25 minutes. Let settle 5 minutes before serving.

* NEW! Hostess City Southern Hospitality Blend

 

* Other appropriate blends are Southern Italian Grinder Blend, All Round Good Grinder Blend, Southern Herb Garden Grinder Blend, and River Street Cobblestone Grinder Blend

Baked Fish with Potatoes and Onions

 Recipe by Damon Lee Fowler, featuring

Salt Table’s All Round Good Grinder Blend (or Tybee Island Coastal Blend, or Southern Italian Blend, or Spanish Moss Blend)

Based on a classic dish from the traditional cooking of Genoa, Italy and a strikingly similar dish that my mother made often during my childhood, this is so easy to put together and the All Round Good Grinder Blend is a perfect seasoning to enhance its earthy character.

Other Salt Table Seasonings that are perfect for this dish are Tybee Island Coastal Blend, Spanish Moss Blend, and Southern Italian Blend.

Serves 4

1½ pounds small, waxy boiling potatoes
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 medium yellow onions, trimmed, split, peeled, and sliced as thinly as possible
Salt Table All Round Good Grinder Blend
1 tablespoons minced flat leaf parsley, optional
4 fresh fish fillets (catfish, cod, perch, snapper, or even shad), about 8 ounces each

How To Make It:

  1. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 450° F. Scrub the potatoes under cold running water. Peel and slice as thinly as you can—no more than 1/8-inch-thick.
  2. Lightly rub a 9 x 13-inch bake-and-serve dish with butter or oil and put in the potatoes. Scatter half the onions over the potatoes and drizzle them with 4 tablespoons of oil. Toss gently to coat and then season liberally with All Round Good Grinder Blend. Toss, and spread them so that all the potatoes are lying flat. Bake in the upper third of the oven until the onions wilt and begin to brown and the potatoes are beginning to get tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Remove the dish from the oven, toss the potatoes again, and lay the fish fillets over the top in a single layer. Season them well with Good Grinder Blend, then scatter the remaining onions over the fish, drizzle with the remaining oil, and bake until the potatoes and fish is just cooked through and the onions are lightly browned, basting occasionally with the oil in the dish, about 15-20 minutes more, depending on the thickness of the fillets. Serve hot from the baking dish.

#1 Salt Table All Round Good Grinder Blend is the best all purpose seasoning blend

This recipe also works well with Tybee Island Coastal Blend, or Southern Italian Blend, or Spanish Moss Blend

Asparagus alla Parmigiana (Asparagus Gratin)

Recipe by Damon Lee Fowler, featuring

Salt Table’s Shamrock Dust

(Salt Table blends that are also great with this asparagus recipe are Leek, Chive, and Onion Seasoning and Dip Blend and Tybee Island Coastal Blend.)

One of the great dishes of spring’s table in Parma, Italy, is fresh, fat asparagus, layered with butter and cheese and baked until the cheese is just barely golden. The Salt Table’s Shamrock Dust really brings out the fresh spring flavor in this classic dish.

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS:

 

HOW TO MAKE:

  1. Cut off about an inch of the asparagus stem base and stand it in a vase or bowl of cold water for at least half an hour. Peel the tough parts of the stem with a vegetable peeler and drop them into a basin with cold water. Leave the asparagus in the water until you are ready to cook it, but for no more than 2 hours.
  2. Bring 2 inches of water to a boil in a large, deep skillet and prepare a basin of ice water. Add about a tablespoon of salt to the boiling water and slip in the asparagus. Cook 1-2 minutes, then immediately drain and drop into the ice water until cold. Drain and pat dry. This can be done up to 2 days ahead.
  3. Half an hour before serving, position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 450° F. Butter a 3-quart casserole or gratin dish. Layer the asparagus with a sprinkling of Shamrock Dust, melted butter, and a little Parmigiano, overlapping slightly. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top and bake until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes.

New! Savannah Shamrock Dust

* Another Salt Table Blend that are great with asparagus is Leek, Chive, and Onion Seasoning and Dip Blend and Tybee Island Coastal Blend.

Spring Leeks Au Gratin

Recipe by Damon Lee Fowler, featuring

The Salt Table’s Shamrock Dust (or All ‘Round Good Grinder Blend, or Southern Italian Blend)

We don’t often give leeks a starring role on their own, but in the spring when they’re fresh and new they make a great vegetable side dish. The Salt Table’s Shamrock Dust is the perfect seasoning to bring out their freshest and best spring flavor.

Serves 4

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

HOW TO MAKE IT:

  1. Trim the roots and withered leaves from the leeks. Trim the green tops to a uniform length that will fit into the gratin dish. Holding them root-end-up, wash well under cold running water, bending back the leaves to get all the grit between the layers. If you’ve not been able to find slender leeks, cut them in half lengthwise. Drop them into a basin of cold water.
  2. Put enough water to half cover the leeks in a wide, shallow skillet that will hold them in one layer. Bring it to a boil over medium heat. Drain the onions and add them to the pan. Loosely cover, let it come back to a boil, then uncover, add a healthy pinch of Pink Salt, and reduce the heat to medium. Simmer until just tender, about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Butter a large oval gratin dish. Remove the leeks with a slotted spatula or tongs, drain well, and transfer them to the prepared dish. Season them with Shamrock Dust.
  4. Raise the heat under the skillet to medium-high and boil the liquid down to 2 tablespoons. Add the cream and let it come to a boil. Let it boil until it’s lightly reduced and slightly thickened. Pour the cream evenly over the leeks. You may make it through this step as much as 4 hours ahead. Let cool completely and loosely cover. Refrigerating is not necessary.
  5. About 45 minutes before serving, position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 450° F. Sprinkle the leeks with the Parmigiano-Reggiano and bake until golden and bubbly, about 20-25 minutes. Serve warm.

Savannah Shamrock Dust

* Other Salt Table Blends that are great with these and other green onions are All ‘Round Good Grinder Blend and Southern Italian Blend.