Wow!… Wow! Wow!!! Did I say WOW!!!
I came across Dukkah (doo-kah) on a recent trip. It is from the Middle East (Egypt) and is easy to make, but adds SOOOO much flavor.
You can buy it ready-made <here>, but it is easy to mix up with a frying pan and a blender in about 10 minutes at most if you have the ingredients handy. Not all stores carry what you need locally, but fresh is best if you can and it allows you to fine tune the taste.
It goes with vegetables, fish, chicken, pork, beef, salad, eggs, avocado toast, even as an additive to EVOO for dipping bread (you don’t even want to try that!)… you get the picture.
Dukkah pretty much goes with everything and adds so much flavor, it kicks everything up a notch, and then some. I was simply blown away when I first tasted it in a roasted vegetable medley with roasted cauliflower, fried fennel bulb, cipollini, parsnip, with a pistachio sauce. It was amazing!
Adding it as a crust to chicken, salmon, cod, Chilean bass and halibut (mixed with a little Panko) as well as a bunch of other foods such as soups, dips, and even eggs brings an amazing punch of flavor.
Once you try Dukkah you will be hooked. Look for some recipes featuring Dukkah; you will not be disappointed.
You can also substitute Pistachio or pine nuts for Hazelnuts if you like.
While I like to use a cast iron spice grinder or mortar & pestle for more control over the size of the grind, they are expensive. A regular spice grinder will do just fine if you are just starting out.
HINT: If you use a coffee grinder for spices, make sure you use it exclusively for spices unless you want your spices to taste like coffee?