Today’s TSP Item of the day is Johnny’s Garlic Spread & Seasoning or as Dorothy calls it “crack”. Well actually it is the main ingredient in “crack bread” which is kind of a funny story. Each year when we do our workshops we bring in a couple as our head kitchen staff named Mike and Teresa. Mike is a former professional chef and over the years has taught us a trick or two.
While we personally don’t use a lot of bread in our home we do feed it to the bread eaters at our workshop and use it as an excuse to imbibe ourselves. Well say 4 years ago Mike whipped this stuff out and made garlic bread, just this stuff and butter on bread toasted in the oven. Yes that simple.
Well, Dorothy took one bite and dubbed it “crack bread” as in addictive as crack cocaine. Now a ton of shit is going on during these workshops and I make a one legged man in an ass kicking contest look like a lazy fool during them. So I don’t always take everything in. So I hear “cracked bread” and heck there is some cracked black pepper on there too. It took me a while to understand what was actually going on, that said I agree with my wife’s opinion here.
But this stuff is for so much more than garlic bread, if cheese and garlic will work with something, you will be able to use this on it and friends, cheese and garlic work with most things. Here are some ways we use this stuff.
Anytime we make seafood that you’d dip in drawn butter we simply add some of this to the butter. Stuff like scallops, lobster, shrimp, crab etc. Simply add a teaspoon of this to your drawn butter and take it to a new level.
How about a simple shrimp scampi that will blow you away. Saute your shrimp in butter and fresh garlic, toss it around until the shrimp is almost done, sprinkle with Johnny’s and deglaze with a little white wine. Kill heat and let carry over finish the shrimp to not over cook. Serve over angel hair pasta or zoodles to keep carbs to zero.
Next time you do corn on the cob, soak the corn husk on in water for 20-30 minutes, then toss them on the grill, again husk and all, zero work. Melt a bit of butter in the microwave with some Johnny’s in it. When the corn is done, shuck it then, and brush it with some of the butter, add some fresh black pepper and serve.
Anything potato works with this. Add it to mashed and it is awesome or put it out with them and let guests add it to taste. French fries with this stuff are fricken more addictive than crack! Baked potatoes including our low glycemic index Japanese Sweet Purples are just awesome.
This really improves any grilled vegetables too. Asparagus, broccoli, green beans, squash, anything like that. Simple too, just put the veggies into a foil pouch, add butter or olive oil, then sprinkle with Johnny’s and some cracked black pepper. Toss on the grill and cook until done for the way you like that particular veggie.
Again you are limited only by your imagination if garlic and cheese work with something, this will work with it. If Johnny’s Garlic Spread & Seasoning only made Garlic Bread (aka Dorothy’s Crack Bread) it would be worth having in your pantry. It lasts a long time at two 18 ounce bottle for 24 bucks and will damn near store infinitely. So give it a try today, but be warned, it is habit forming.
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