Dad of Divas' Reviews: Char Crust Offers Great Taste for Any Meal

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Char Crust Offers Great Taste for Any Meal

About the Product
Whether preparing a family dinner or a party feast, professional chefs and home cooks alike are always looking for unique and simple ways to spice up their dishes. Char Crust ® dry-rub seasonings consist of premium herb blends, spices and other natural ingredients that can be simply rubbed onto the surface of uncooked meat or fish, or sprinkled over raw vegetables then broiled, baked, grilled, pan-seared, roasted, or sautéed.

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  • Roasted Garlic Peppercorn features the robust flavor of roasted garlic and onions with the zing of peppercorns and a hint of Worcestershire and lavender. Its versatility has made it a best seller. It complements steaks, lamb, seafood, pork, poultry, and potatoes.
  • Ginger Teriyaki is a balance of sweet teriyaki, fragrant ginger, plus a tingly touch of wasabi that lends a new dimension and creates a modern teriyaki interpretation. It complements chicken, fish, and steak.
  • Amazin’ Cajun is a spicy-sweet blend of piquant cayenne pepper, onion, garlic, oregano and a mélange of other Mardi Gras flavors. It brings the sublime heat of New Orleans to catfish, chicken, shrimp, and even “dirty” rice.
  • All American Barbecue takes the best flavors of American barbecue and blends them into a tangy-sweet, slightly spicy rub. It has rich molasses from Memphis, tangy tomato from Kansas City, mustard, pepper and vinegar from the Carolinas, plus a wisp of smoke from Texas.

Char Crust® recipe idea:

Pan-Seared Tilapia

Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: about 20 minutes

Tilapia fillets -- about 6 oz per person
Char Crust® Amazin' Cajun -- about 1/2 Tbsp per fillet
A little oil, canola is good
A little butter (optional), at room temperature

Heat a cast iron pan on the stove until very hot. Season one side of the fish with Char Crust® Amazin' Cajun Dry Rub Seasoning, generously covering the surface. Drizzle a little oil all over the seasonings, using your fingers to rub in and distribute evenly. Seasonings will look moist and darken a bit. Place the fish, seasoned side down, into the pan. It should sizzle immediately, and you may get some smoke. Cook a few minutes until just cooked through. Transfer to plate with seasoned side up and place pat of butter on top.

Option: We actually prefer this recipe with catfish, but tilapia seems to have more fans.

My Take on the Products
I have tried a number of dry rubs in the past, and they come to find that I really enjoy using these dry rubs to bring out the flavor the food that I eat, especially when I'm grilling. I had never heard of this product before, but I was very impressed to find that they had so many different varieties in so many different flavors. In trying to products I have to say that I was quite impressed with the overall flavor and the ease in which the rub went onto the meat that I used. I have to say that my favorite was the roasted garlic peppercorn flavor, but I really didn't find a flavor that I did not like it after trying all of them I have to say that I would use each of them with different types of meats and would be happy with any of them. If you enjoy grilling, you will love these spices! heavy recommend this product to one and all, you'll not be disappointed.

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