Grilling on the Stove Top with a Himalayan Salt Brick

I bought a Himalayan Salt Brick from Savory Spice Shop to explore something new in my kitchen. Lucky for me, I’m dating a chef, so it turns out he took on the opportunity to try something new and let me drink wine and take photos. Not such a bad arrangement.

A Himalayan salt brick is a large slab of Himalayan crystal salt that you can heat up to high temps to bake, sauté, or grill; chill to serve cold foods; use to cure meats; and present as a serving platter. It’s a gorgeous slab of light pink marbled “stone,” and I’d wanted one ever since they were first for sale at Savory.

Sean and I used our brick once before in the oven, and I never got around to a blog post… been busy guiding food tours, you know.

Baking on the brick was similar to baking on a pizza stone. The stove top, however, was a new frontier.

Sean spent some time researching this one. If you have a gas range you can set the flame in a way that the stone isn’t directly in contact with fire, but heats up. An electric range, however, requires something to be positioned between the stove top and the brick.  We used a tart shell, but a cake ring or wok ring would work also.

After a trip to the Boulder Farmers’ Market, we had carrots, onions, and squash for grilling.

Sean sliced them and threw them on the hot salt brick while marinating some extra firm tofu that had been frozen, pressed, thawed, and marinated in a little peanut oil and Harissa Spice Mix from nowhere other than Savory Spice Shop.







Our meal was simple, yet took quite some time to execute since we spent forty minutes or so heating up the brick, which crackled and poped in ways that concerned us it was going to crack on the stove. The brick did impart a slightly salty taste to the veggies, which were grilled plain, but didn’t give off a flavor that stood up to the Harissa blend. In the end, the food was great and our dinner was fun, but it was a very long process to prepare what could have been a quick meal on the grill outside or the stovetop.  But then, we wouldn’t have been able to say we grilled on a salt brick, now, would we?




Fennel Pollen Grilled Tempeh

Since my spice cabinet is filled with Savory Spice Shop herbs and spices, it is always a fun endeavor creating something vegetarian for dinner. I’m interested in Fennel Pollen lately, so I thought I’d make a tempeh dish featuring this “spice of the angels.”
I didn’t really measure anything for my marinade, but it was basically
  • 1 TB dehydrated onion
  • 1/2 TB garlic powder
  • 1/2 TB dried parsley
  • 1/2 TB smoked Spanish paprika
  • 1 tsp whole fennel seeds
  • a pinch of fennel pollen
  • 2-3 TB olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • a splash of worcestershire
Mix that up, and pour it over some temepeh.
I let mine sit for an hour or so before grilling. Then, I opened my last jar of pickled onions from last summer’s crop. My pickled onions are so delicious- they’re not just any old pickled onions- they’re olive oil pickled onions, which means they have a coating of olive oil over the top which kept them from spoiling all winter (they did not withstand a boiling bath or any heated canning process). The olive oil mixes with the vinegar to create a salad-dressing-like flavor effect (or profile?).
I’ll be making twice as many pickled onions this year… But, first, back to my grilled tempeh. Grill it for a few minutes on each side. Easy.
I served mine with some grilled ciabatta, smoked provolone, olive oil pickled onions, and Red Rocks Hickory Smoke Ketchup, which is, quite frankly, the best ketchup.
So, go grill some tempeh and enjoy a meatless BBQ. Wash it down with a beer cocktail!

Sweetly Spiced Grilled Chicken

If you have a cabinet full of Savory Spice Shop products like I do, you know that making unique spice rubs is fun and easy.  For 1.5 pounds of chicken breast I blended:
1/2 TB Granulated Onion
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 TB honey Powder
1/2 TB Aleppo Pepper
a pinch of Fennel Pollen
a pinch of Mexican Oregano
1 tsp Spanish Sweet Paprika
1 TB Peanut Oil
Mix well, coat the chicken, and let it marinate a little while before grilling. Drizzle with a little lime juice before serving. Delicious!

Best Grilled Shrimp 2

I love having this grilled shrimp recipe as an easy stand-by because it takes a few minutes to prepare and tastes fantastic. I followed my Best Grilled Shrimp recipe exactly except for the oil: I used peanut oil rather than olive oil in this dish because I served these shrimp with Asian-influenced side dishes.

Try my Best Grilled Shrimp… and let me know what you think.

I served this with an avocado salad and Mushrooms and Bok Choy in Black Garlic Sauce.
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