Thursday, January 27, 2011

Enhance Flavor? Dash on some Tabasco!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TABASCO® Original Red. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love food, and love simple ways to enhance the flavor of my home made dishes. I don't want to add excess sodium, fat or calories so I reach for a bottle of TABASCO® Original Red . Not just for the spicy food fanatic, Tabasco can make average foods fabulous!

Tonight I made a lovely Chickpea Patty served with salad and Butternut Squash soup. Good food, but a bit bland.

So, with a handy little bottle of Tabasco Original Red I could add a little extra flavor to the Chickpea Patties, a little zip to the salad as well as a little extra pep to a simple soup. All with just a shake or two.

Chickpea Patties

you will need:

1 15oz. can of rinsed & drained chickpeas

1/2 c. green onions sliced. Both white and green parts

1/2 c. coconut milk

1 c. panko breadcrumbs + more for coating

1 tsp. fresh grated ginger

1 Tbsp. garlic powder

1 Tbsp. onion powder

1 Tbsp. Worcester Sauce

2/3 c. cooked brown rice

salt & pepper to taste

Throw the chickpeas and green onions into the food processor for a rough chop. Do not puree. In a bowl combine the remaining ingredients. Form into patties and cover in breadcrumbs. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Brush with a small amount of oil. In batches, pan sear the patties. Let rest on a paper towel. As they cool they will firm up. Enjoy warm or cold.

If vegetarian dishes are not your thing, don't worry! A classic Tabasco move is to shake a bit on your favorite slice of pizza. It always makes my usual slice anything but ordinary. When I was living in Japan, I don't think I ever ate pizza without being offered a bottle of Tabasco. It is as classic as having ketchup with your french fries. If pizza is on your Super Bowl menu, be sure to have a bottle or two of Tabasco on hand for your guests. It is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Head over to Tabasco's site for more tips on dressing up your slice with Pizza Perfected.

Okay, so now you know how I like my TABASCO® Original Red. How about you? How do you dare to dash?

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