It took me a long time to get around to appreciating smoked spices. My reluctance is the same thing that make so many people love them: smoky flavors remind me of meat. But, I am growing up and trying new things and after enough coxing I have learned to appreciate smoked spices. I am even considering making my own using the same grill method described in Culture Magazine to smoke cheese. Look for an update on this experiment on our News page in the weeks to come.
For now I am using trader Joe’s South African Smoke Seasoning Blend, but any smoked seasoning will do. Just remember, a little will go a long way.
- 2 cups of cooked black beans, drained
- 1/4 cup vegetable stock
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked spice
- salt to taste
- Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Season with salt to taste.