Homemade Gourmet Seasoned Salts

A whole new world was opened to me when I ran across a post on seasoned garlic salt made by Monica at The Yummy Life.  I had never given much thought to making such a simple seasoning at home… mostly, I suppose, due to the fact that I thought garlic salt was always made by adding garlic powder to salt.  I never considered the fact that you could craft your own blend from fresh ingredients at home!  I am so glad I gave it a try!  My sister-in-law, Becky, was over when I first tried my hand at making garlic salt.  We were both amazed by how delicious the entire house smelled from the fresh mix drying in the oven.  It was hard to leave the kitchen- I had to keep cracking the oven to take another whiff of the deliciousness within!  I will NEVER go back to store-bought seasoned salt again!  Monica provides a number of variations to the standard garlic salt, and I ultimately settled on the following ratios as my go-to recipe of choice.  I love LOTS of garlic and black pepper, so made sure to include a good amount of both in this recipe.  I also love onion in my seasoned salt, so I added a bit of onion as well.

  • 2/3,cup fresh garlic (I find large elephant garlic cloves or pre-peeled raw garlic cloves particularly convenient)
  • 1/2 of a medium fresh onion
  • 2 cups Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2 cup pepper corns

Grind the pepper corns to the desired coarseness and set aside. Loosely chop the garlic and onion and roughly process together in a food processor.  Add salt and process until well combined and the texture of fine cornmeal.  Add peppercorns and combine.  Place in the oven at 180 degrees for about 90 minutes, stirring and breaking up the mix occasionally as it dries.  Once dried, return to the food processor and blend until desired texture is reached.

 

Variations

After making the original recipe above (and becoming thoroughly addicted), I started playing with variations. The sky is the limit! Try the recipes below or find inspiration for your own personal blend!

Jalapeño Seasoned salt

2/3 cup fresh garlic

6 fresh jalapeños with seeds

1/2 of a medium onion

2 cups Himalayan pink salt

1/2 cup pepper corns

 

Follow the directions for the original seasoned salt, adding the jalapeños, roughly chopped together with seeds, in with the onion and garlic for processing. If 6 jalapeños is not to your liking, adjust to taste.

 

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