Mignonette Pepper Blend
We love fresh ground pepper and our peppermill gets plenty of use. We love to experiment with our peppercorns and peppercorn blends (one of the best parts of owning a spice company). Some nights we may go for a smoked peppercorn and the next time we fill up the peppermill it might be a gourmet peppercorn mixer (a blend of black, white, green and pink peppercorns).
We prefer to grind these for a more consistent size while others like to use a mortar and pestle for a coarser grind. We didn't like the often unexpected flavor explosions that the mortar and pestle provided.
Recently we've been experimenting with a Mignonette Peppercorn blend. Now as we dug into the history of this blend it became quite interesting and it was actually like many seasoning blends where the recipe varies from region to region.
Our version is still another take on this as it has mixed with black peppercorns, white peppercorns, coriander seed and allspice berries. We love this flavor profile as the black pepper is pungent, the white pepper has a sharp bite, the coriander is a bit tart and the allspice berries provide a little sweetness.
In addition to the variety of blends that a mignonette may be it also has several other cooking references used throughout the years. At one time a mignonette referred to a small cloth sachet filled with various peppercorns and cloves. This was used to flavor stews and soups as we use a bouquet garni today. The term "poivre mignonette" typically refers to white peppercorns that are coarsely ground.
You can use this as a rub on large cuts of beef, chicken or lamb. As a rub we recommend using 1 tsp per pound of meat. This also adds delicious flavor to pasta, pot roast, potatoes, rice, soups and stews.
This Pepper comes with a grinder lid so nothing else is needed to grind fresh whole peppercorns on your next meal. Taste the difference whole peppercorns give to your next meal.
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