Merken Spice (Chilean Blend)
£4.50 – £11.50
Merken blend is from Chile and is based on a smoked chilli called cacho de cabra (also known as Basque chilli), mixed with salt, smoked paprika and coriander. It is traditionally an all purpose seasoning from the Mapuche people, but is used widely in Chilean food. Merken has a medium heat, with a lovely smoky, earthy and slightly salty flavour. It can be used as an all purpose seasoning in stews, and is also very good used as a dry rub before roasting or grilling meat, chicken and fish. It’s a great way to season lentils, potatoes and sauteed veggies, and it is very good when added to a fresh, zingy salsa. And for the cocktail hour, try using Merken to season peanuts, where its smokiness really works.