With sincere apologies to my husband and my old man cat, there’s a new love in my life.
When I switched to traditional foods over ten years ago, I gave up all foods that contained smoke flavoring or liquid smoke because I assumed it would be loaded with nasty chemicals. That changed when I discovered that there are naturally smoked sea salts out there. I ordered one immediately.
When it arrived, I opened the bottle at the dinner table and the most alluring aroma drifted out. I immediately had visions of winter foods getting some kicked up, smoky flavor without having to pull out the grill. I love grilled food but I don’t love having to stand outside in freezing cold air or fight snow or frigid rain to get it.
I couldn’t quit sniffing the bottle. The kids got a kick out of it. It smells insanely delicious. This salt doesn’t have a flat, smoky scent. You can smell the wood in the fragrance. I began plotting food and wondered if I could slip it into hubby’s cologne bottle without getting caught. I tasted a little and there are multiple levels of indescribable flavor. I was accused of rolling my eyes in the back of my head on the first taste.
I decided I would make my basic pan-fried hamburger recipe but substitute this smoked sea salt for the 1 tsp of salt I normally include in a burger.
The result was one happy mama and thumbs up from everyone at the dinner table.
The bottom line: this smoked salt delivers.
If winter is driving you nuts and you need something with a sultry flavor to pep you up, keep a jar of this in your spice cabinet. You won’t be sorry.
Plans are now in the works to try this smoked sea salt in a variety of dishes including salmon and some sauces.
1 pound ground beef
2 Tbs coconut flour, sifted
1 tsp Smoked Sea Salt
1 egg, beaten well
In a bowl, combine the ground beef, coconut flour, salt, pepper, and egg. Mix gently until combined. Shape into four patties. Pan fry over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes per side or until cooked through.
Serve on buns with all of the trimmings.