What Secret Ingredient Takes Your Cooking From Good to Great?

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What Secret Ingredient Takes Your Cooking from Good to Great?

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“Most smoked salts are made with liquid smoke, which is a condensate, but really, really good smoked salt is literally smoked.” – Grant Achatz

Originally, I was going to write this post about liquid smoke. If you don’t use liquid smoke in your cooking, you don’t know what you’re missing. Simply add it to soups, homemade BBQ sauce or even potato salad to give your recipes a boost. Several readers added it to my To-Die-For Rustic Hungarian Soup recipe and made it even better!

Liquid smoke was my jam until I went to Orcas Island, WA for their garden tour and I stopped for a bite to eat. I ordered Bruschetta and almost licked the plate.

I love bruschetta, but there was something AMAZING about this one. I asked the waitress what made it so special…she told me they use smoked sea salt as their secret ingredient.

My world. Changed.

I tried a lot of different flavors of smoked sea salt and this one is my favorite.  You can find it here on Amazon.  

I craved bruschetta with smoked sea salt day and night since then. It adds such flavor to everything; I couldn’t wait to try it on other things.

Not all smoked sea salts are the same. You want to make sure your salt is really smoked with untreated wood and not just mixed with liquid smoke.

There are several different flavors, depending on what type of wood they use to smoke the salts. You also want to make sure your salt is natural with no artificial ingredients or colors.  Find some here.  

Who knew there was so much to learn about this magical ingredient?

Here are some ideas on how to use What Secret Ingredient Takes Your Cooking From Good to Great?

1) Dry rub.

Add it to your dry rub for your meats to give you a delicious boost to your grilling skills.

2) Bruschetta.

Stop what you’re doing and make bruschetta with heirloom tomatoes.

You won’t be disappointed. Heck, really all you need are some tomatoes and olive oil topped with smoked sea salt, and you have heaven on your plate.

3) Corn on the Cobb

I don’t think I have to explain this one. YUM!

4) Eggs.

Eggs Benedict just got a lot more delicious with a pinch or two of this. It doesn’t matter how you like your eggs; smoked sea salt will taste divine.

Don’t forget about trying it on deviled eggs.

5) Chocolate.

Imagine the possibilities on this one. Smokiness, saltiness and sweetness is the perfect combination that will help you satisfy any craving!

6) Apples.

Top sliced apples with caramel sauce and smoked sea salt and you’ll think you’ve gone to heaven.

7) Roasted Veggies.

Oh, my goodness, eating your vegetables just got a lot easier with just a simple touch.

8) Bloody Mary’s.

You can imagine how much better your favorite recipe would taste with one simple ingredient that makes everything taste better.

9) Margaritas.

Since we’re on the drinking frame of mind, how about adding it to the rim of your next margarita?

10) Homemade Pizza.

Yep, you can make your homemade pizza even better.

11) Roasted Nuts.

Take your salad to the next level by tossing some nuts with olive oil and sprinkling some on? Roast the nuts in the oven and top your salad with them.

12) Hummus.

I love hummus. But hummus with smoked sea salt? Perfection. I’m just sayin’.

13) Avocado Toast.

It’s all the rage. Now you just need to add a pinch of this secret ingredient and your taste buds will thank you.

14) S’mores.

Who knew that something so divine could get even better topped with a bit of smoked sea salt?

15) Potatoes.

It doesn’t matter how you like your spuds, a touch of this will make you love your potatoes even more (is that even possible?) Mashed, baked, au gratin or fried potatoes with smoked sea salt will blow your mind.

16) Melons.

At the height of summer, the sweetness of melons and the addition of smoked sea salt will have you hoping the season never ends. Try it on my Rock-Your-World Salted Caramel Cantaloupe recipe.

17) Buttered Popcorn or Caramel Corn.

I think you’re starting to see the endless possibilities now.

18) Ice Cream with Hot Fudge Sauce.

Oh. My. Goodness. I think I’ve ruined you.

19) Roasted Peaches or Plums.

Top them with a whiskey cream sauce and add a pinch of smoked sea salt. (It’s a tad healthier than the ice cream option, don’t you think?)

20) Spaghetti with Meat Sauce.

One word. Yum.

21) Salmon.

You don’t need much to make salmon taste delicious, but a little olive oil and smoked sea salt will satisfy everyone.

22) Crackers.

Give your homemade crackers a kick that your family won’t expect.

23) Mushrooms.

Roasted mushrooms, olive oil, a little parmesan and smoked sea salt = happiness.

24) Stews and Chili.

Adding smokiness to your favorite chili or stew makes a cold winter evening even more rustic and nourishing.

25) Cucumbers.

This is my little snack.  Sliced cucumbers, Lighthouse Honey Mustard Salad Dressing (found in the refrigerated section) and smoked sea salt.  

Now, imagine the possibilities…

We’ve reached the end of What Secret Ingredient Takes Your Cooking From Good to Great? I hope you got some inspiration of how to use this yummy ingredient to take your cooking to a whole new level.

You can find Smoked Sea Salt that is REALLY smoked with untreated wood and without artificial ingredients or colors below:

Here’s sea salt smoked with Alderwood.  

How about trying it smoked with Cherrywood? 

Hickory smoked sea salt looks interesting!

Let me know in the comments below how you like to enjoy this tasty addition to your cooking arsenal.

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