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03.23.2020

5 Delicious Recipes Using Pantry Staples

As we hunker down for an uncertain period of time, what is certain is that most of us have a box of pasta, a sack of flour, a pound of carrots, or a dozen eggs that we can get creative with. Fresh spices will always transform simple pantry staples into a gourmet snack or restoring dinner. Here are a few of our favorite recipes that make the most out of staple ingredients and our freshly ground spices.

Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e pepe. Spaghetti dish with black pepper and pecorino cheese.

Literally “cheese and pepper,” the recipe ingredients couldn’t be any simpler. However, just because it is simple doesn’t mean it is easy, especially for perfectionists. This recipe is all about preparation technique—cooking the pasta al dente before finishing it in the pan, emulsifying the cheese, pepper, and a splash of pasta water together until the sauce has the perfect consistency. While there are an infinite amount of cacio e pepe purists out there who aren’t afraid to speak up, this is wide open for customization. Instead of classic Tellicherry Black Pepper, try using Long Pepper, or even Kampot to make it a special treat. There’s nothing wrong with a little Red Pepper Flakes or dried Greek Oregano either.

CACIO E PEPE RECIPE

Herb Crackers

Homemade crackers with dried herbs and sea salt.

Flour, butter, salt, water, and herbs. If you don’t have butter you could try substituting equal parts shortening, or even coconut oil. As with the last recipe, this all comes down to technique. It’s important to roll the cracker dough very thin so they get crispy, about an eighth of an inch to be exact. Once you’ve gotten your cracker skills down, you can use up mustard in the fridge or make your own mustard. Better yet, use up any cream cheese or sour cream for a garlicky cheese spread.

HOMEMADE HERB CRACKERS RECIPE

Carrot Soup

Carrot soup with ginger and spices.

This one is seriously easy and can be made in a double batch. Carrots are cheap, sweet, and easy to cook. There are two recipes to try, Carrot Cumin and Carrot with Grains of Paradise. Both recipes are prepared the same but with one or two varying ingredients. Soup is the most forgiving thing to cook, so you should feel inspired to add or subtract any ingredient. Many of us have a can of coconut milk just sitting in the cupboard anyway and the flavor goes really well with carrots and the spices.

CARROT SOUP RECIPE

Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs being made with mustard and spices

Deviled eggs recipes are simple—mustard, mayonnaise, hard boiled eggs, and maybe some pickle relish. Everyone knows to finish them off with a sprinkle of paprika, but there are so many more spices to add to the filling. Horseradish, Wasabi, and some extra Mustard Powder will add that nose clearing heat. For some smokiness, add Ground Chipotle Chiles or Smoked Spanish Paprika. Chives are an obvious herb for deviled eggs, but please don’t overlook Dill Weed, Chervil, or Tarragon.

DEVILED EGGS RECIPE

Crispy Spiced Chickpeas

Spicy roasted chickpeas, crispy oven made garbanzo beans

Sure, homemade hummus and chana masala are great, but crispy chickpeas might be even better. These crunchy little legumes make a great snack, but you can also save them for croutons on a salad. Need a quick lunch? Throw them on top of a rice bowl with some sliced avocado, tomato, and shredded carrot. You can make this recipe with canned chickpeas, but dried chickpeas that have soaked overnight tend to come out crispier. Add any spice blend you want. We like ours with Garam Masala, Garlic Powder, and Smoked Hot Paprika.

SPICY ROASTED CHICKPEAS RECIPE

If you have any questions about the recipes above, need spice suggestions, or have a recipe you think we should have included, email us at spices@thespicehouse.com or write us in the comments below.

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