For all your Delta (Sacramento River delta, that is) seasoning needs. This is an “all-purpose” seasoning that works will all meats and vegetables to get that authentic, mildly warm, Creolifornia flavor in your Hambalaya, or Gumbool, or Shrimp Creolifornia. (The funny names because being from California, I don’t want to get into any authenticity arguments…).
1) This isn’t a ‘blackening’ rub. For that you want a different set of flavors, plus some brown sugar;
2) I generally estimate 1/2 – 1 tbsp of this seasoning per serving (less for the mild of nature, more for the spicy of nature);
3) This is salt free, add salt to taste;
4) I almost always add a shot of Worcestershire Sauce to help lift the flavors.
Use any measure you wish below, if you use tablespoons, you’ll end up with about a cup of spice.
3 sweet paprika
2 smoked paprika (try some ground cumin if you like)
4 dry Italian herb
1 dry thyme
2 onion powder
2 garlic powder
1 ground cayenne pepper
1 ground white pepper
1 lemon/pepper blend
1 celery seed
Refrigerate in a sealed container until needed. This is really, really good stuff, and way cheaper to put together like this than to buy pre-made. And my thanks to www.gumbopages.com for the basis of this blend.
Enjoy! And may God continue to bless America!