Ras el Hanout
Ras el Hanout. This exotic Moroccan spice blend contains up to 25 spices and has several variations. Complex, aromatic, powerful yet warm, can be used on all types of meat....find yours! For perfect Middle Eastern cooking, this blend is not to be missed. Makes a perfect roasted chicken, lamb or fish! This blend is renowned in the Middle East for flavorful and exceptional tasting food!
Blended with black peppercorns, coriander, lavender, paprika, grains of paradise, anise, nigella, cardamom, mace, ginger, cinnamon, galangal, caraway , ginger, rose petals, cubeb, long pepper, turmeric, cardamom, ginger, salt, cinnamon, and spices.
Quick recipe: Rub butterflied chicken (or cut-up pieces) with a mixture of 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon unsalted butter and the juice of 2 lemons, mix together. Next add about 1 1/2 tablespoons of Ras el Hanout and rub into chicken, let sit for 30 minutes. Light grill and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour (over direct heat for the first 5 minutes of cooking for grill marks, then move chicken to cooler side of the grill for even cooking) or until chicken is done, with a moderate temp of about 300 degrees. Once chicken is done, let it rest loosely covered for 10 minutes. Be sure to pour the juice from the pan all over the chicken before you sprinkle lemon zest. Sprinkle zest of 1 lemon and a handful of fresh mint leaves or coriander. Serve over rice, couscous or a bed of lettuce with lemon wedges.
Basting sauce - Juice of 1 lemon, 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of Ras el Hanout and a pinch of salt. Baste chicken at least 3 times while cooking, every 15 minutes. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP THAT ADDS EXCEPTIONAL FLAVOR AND KEEPS THE CHICKEN DELICIOUSLY MOIST!