Saturday, August 9, 2014

velata spices - Smoked Paprika Artisan Rub

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My friend Jennifer, a super business woman, is putting together a cookbook with some of her Velata products (<----That link goes to her site) and asked for some help creating new recipes/uses for the artisan rubs. Of course, my first question to her was "are they gluten free?" and when she told me that all of the products are, then I said "where do I sign up!?"



I'm not exactly sure I created any new recipes, but I can tell you that I enjoyed their deliciousness! :) First up, Reid and I added the Smoked Paprika Artisan Rub to our Friday night burger salads. Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum!!! It was smokey and delicious!!! It added a kick without heat and was a delicious addition to an already pretty awesome salad.

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We've been lazy about grilling, so we have been broiling our burgers. It seems to work pretty well, since it's just "reverse grilling" with the heat on the top. I sprinkled the rub onto both sides of the burger, then cooked them under the broiler. Then I sprinkled more of the rub on top of the cheese.

Burger salads are pretty straight forward. You just make a salad with all the fixings of a burger! I like to dress mine with BBQ sauce and Ranch Dressing. It's pretty much the best way to eat a burger, if I do say so myself! In fact, when Jennifer and I worked at a restaurant together, we'd often split a burger on a salad (and some spinach dip) after our shifts. It's funny that the first recipe I would share for one of her products would be something that linked us from the past.

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The finishing touch for my burger salad are these sweet-hot pickles that I pick up at the Reston Farmers Market. I am OBSESSED! Lauren and I have been hitting up the farmers market after out Saturday morning long runs to visit A Bit More for their delicious gluten free scones, but while there, I discovered Fresh Crunch and their amazing pickles. They're the finishing touch to my burger salad, that was made better by the Velata Smoked Paprika Artisan Rub. (<----in case you want to order some!)




here's how to tell whose is whose - Liz on the left, Reid on the Right :)
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