Famous Couples: Salt-N-Pepa

Famous Couples: Salt-N-Pepa

By | 2018-02-28T10:37:51-07:00 February 26th, 2018|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Yes, you are still on a food blog, but this famous food couple had one of the most popular female groups of the 90’s named after it sooooooo….push it.

Salt & Pepper are one of the most iconic food related pairings in the world. Both Salt & Pepper are very versatile spices at their most basic, but then there are so many variations of both! Black pepper, pink Himalayan salt, green peppercorn, pink peppercorns, lavender salt, kosher salt, sea salt…..the list goes on.

Reportedly dating back to 17th century France, they are a classic for a reason. Rather than change, or over power the taste of food, they simply enhance it. Pepper has always been the prettier sister of this pair according to doctors! Pepper is acclaimed for it’s health and taste benefits. According to Food Facts “Health Benefits of Black Pepper. … Because black pepper is a carminative, it discourages intestinal gas from forming, and as a bonus, the outer layer of the peppercorn aids in the break-down of fat cells. It warms the body so it promotes sweating, which helps rid the body of toxins.” Meanwhile, salt was the boyfriend you KNEW was bad for you, but you LOVED him anyway. Then science started saying, wait…….maybe that bad boy isn’t AS bad as we thought.

For years we have been told that too much sodium is bad for you, but the truth is, you literally could not survive without it. Some more recent studies are claiming that many of the negative health claims about salt are unsubstantiated, and that it’s benefits outweigh its potential health concerns.

Here are a few articles:

12 reasons why salt is GOOD for you

Salt Shake-up: Why sodium is good for you!

This set of spices is part of almost every recipe we make, but they are generally in the background with a supporting role. We wanted to try a recipe where Salt & Pepper are part of the main flavor profile.

In walks I am A Food Blog with this awesome Crispy Salt & Pepper Shrimp recipe. 

Ingredients

1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeño, diced, seeds removed if desired
1-2 stalks green onion, sliced

Directions

• Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels. In bowl, toss the shrimp, cornstarch, white & black pepper and salt together.
• Heat up a bit of oil in a heavy bottomed skilled over medium heat.
• Add the garlic, 1/2 of the jalapeños and 1/2 of the green onions.
• Cook, stirring, until crisp and fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
• Add the coated shrimp and cook, until pink and firm, 1-2 minutes per side.
• Remove from the heat and toss with the remaining jalapeños and green onions.
• Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary and enjoy hot with your grain of choice.
• Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels.
• In bowl, toss the shrimp, cornstarch, white & black pepper and salt together.
• Heat up a bit of oil in a heavy bottomed skilled over medium heat.
• Add the garlic, 1/2 of the jalapeños and 1/2 of the green onions. Cook, stirring, until crisp and fragrant.
• Add the coated shrimp and cook, until pink and firm, 1-2 minutes per side. Remove from the heat and toss with the remaining jalapeños and green onions.
• Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary and enjoy hot with your grain of choice.