Okay -- this is an easy one. But I think it still looks pretty impressive all dolled up with a ribbon and a label. This all-purpose rub can be used to spice up beef, pork, poultry, or seafood dishes. Or, if meat's not your thing, you could use it to flavor a plateful of roasted vegetables -- or add a little spiciness to a rice or quinoa dish -- yum!
All-Purpose Spice Rub (adapted from this Martha Stewart recipe)
makes about 1 1/4 cups
1/4 cup kosher salt
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup paprika
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1/2 tablespoon dried thyme
1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1 teaspoon ground ancho chile pepper [optional]
1. In a small bowl, mix together all of the ingredients, being careful to incorporate the brown sugar evenly into the mixture.
2. Store in an airtight container until ready to use. If stored in a dark spot away from the heat, this seasoning should remain fresh for up to six months.