Most commercial seasoning blends are BORRRIIING.
Which by the way, is why I created my own line to change the game. Check 'em out.
However, if there is any seasoning blend I won't think twice about purchasing, it would be any involving a combo of lemon, pepper, and garlic. Lemon pepper seasoning is amazing on its own, but coupled with garlic? Astounding.
I've run into the issue one too many times of not finding it on the shelves and decided to make my own, just in case I'm faced with disappointment again.
This blend will work well with chicken, pasta, seafood, and compound butters.
Here's what you need:
5-6 Large Lemons
¼ cup fresh peppercorns* (I use a blend of black, green, white, and pink for extra flavor)
¼ cup Sea Salt
2 tbsp dehydrated garlic
1 ½ tbsp garlic powder
1. After washing your lemons and patting them dry, grate them to extra their zest. The smell is absolutely amazing. IDK about you guys but the smell of lemon always puts me in a cleaning mood. Is that weird?
2. Once that's done you're going to want LIGHTLY crush your fresh peppercorns. We're blending them later and right now we just want to marry their flavor with the fresh lemon.
3. Combine your peppercorns and lemon zest until they're both well incorporated. Then put the mixture in the oven on its lowest setting. Mine happens to be 170°, so just go with whatever yours is.
*Crushing the peppercorns into lemon zest is key
4. After about 40 minutes to an hour, your lemon zest mixture will be dehydrated and ready to go
5. Combine the zest mixture with the garlic pieces, salt, and garlic powder in a bowl and stir until all the ingredients are well incorporated. You'll find that the salt or powder might sink to the bottom but it's all good y'all because that will be taken care of in the next step!
6. Transfer this into a spice blender and grind until it's fine, but not powdery. ( I recommend about 7-8 pulses) I did this in two rounds because I couldn't properly blend the whole mixture. You can also adjust the level of salt or garlic at this point as well.
7. Transfer to a spice jar, shake and use on your chicken, pastas, pork, and more.