Moroccan Spice Rub: We were sniffing it like glue

28 Feb

Adriana and I love to cook together, but this time she gets sole credit for this intoxicating Moroccan Spice Rub and the juicy roast she marinaded it with.

Pork Roast with Morrocan Spice Rub

Pork Roast with Moroccan Spice Rub

From the moment she waved the deep brick brown paste under my nose when Leandro and I arrived at her home for a sleepover, I was hooked and dabbing  the sides of my mouth. And not because it looked a lot like hashish, because of course I do not know what a hunk of hashish looks like, do I?

Rub-a-dub-dub - Moroccan Spice

Rub-a-dub-dub – Moroccan Spice

When the pork roast started heating up in the oven and releasing all those roasty-toasty fragrances, the siren song was almost too much.

And when we sat down to eat…well, heaven.

And to think, you can use this rub for virtually any meat. Make a bunch and slather it around.

Moroccan Spice Rub

Moroccan Spice Rub

So, without further ado…crack for the foodie, plus the mashed cauliflower recipe too!

Adriana’s Moroccan Spice Rub

For Toasting:

½ tsp cayenne

2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp coriander

½ tsp sweet paprika

½ tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp cumin

½ tsp turmeric

½ tsp fennel/anise seed (ground)

8 cloves (ground)

For Food Processor:

2 Tbs chopped cilantro

½ tsp lemon zest

4-6 cloves garlic

½ tsp whole peppercorns, ground

½ tsp coarse salt

For Finishing:

2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil

Heat a dry skillet until quite hot and add all ingredients on the For Toasting list. Toast until just fragrant.

Place all ingredients on the For Food Processor list in the food processor and pulse until combined. Add olive oil and all toasted spices. Pulse until combined into a thick paste. Makes about ¾ Cups paste.

Perfect Pink Pork Roast

Perfect Pink Pork Roast

Moroccan Marinated Pork Roast

3 lb bone-in pork roast (scored, if desired)

Adobo powder

3 Tbs Moroccan Spice Rub

(If you have time, rub the paste in a few hours before cooking.)

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Sprinkle the entire roast with Adobo powder – about 1/2 Tbs. Rub paste all over surface. Cook for approximately 45 minutes (15-20 minutes per lb of meat). The interior temperature should read 145°F, but we found that her leave-in thermometer read 149° while the probe (the one you stick in when you think it’s done) read 129°F, which is a hell of a discrepancy. We found that the truth, as always, lies somewhere in the middle (cooking being a metaphor for life, even while it is life-sustaining), so do your best guesstimate, turn oven off and leave in for another five minutes. Remove from oven and allow to rest for at least half an hour so the juices stay in and the cooking finishes. Slice and serve.

Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed Cauliflower

1 head caulflower rinsed and steamed until tender (the more you steam it, the smoother the mash)

reserved steaming liquid (about 1/2 Cup, plus several Tbs)

4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

1/2 tsp salt

Place all ingredients in food processor and pulse till smooth, adding tablespoons of liquid as necessary. Top with dabs of Moroccan Spice Rub and serve.


19 Responses to “Moroccan Spice Rub: We were sniffing it like glue”

  1. kathryningrid March 4, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    Sounds utterly intoxicating *and* addictive. I’d be a spice-sniffer, too!!!

  2. Tammy March 3, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    I am just becoming more familiar with dry rubs and I really like them!

  3. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide March 2, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    Looks like the perfect rub.

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy March 3, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

      It was so very good! When I am rich and famous, Adriana will be my personal chef….oh wait, my reason for aspiring to wealth and fame is to be my own personal chef!

  4. Karen March 1, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    What a delicious sounding meal…the spice rub had to give incredible flavor.

  5. Mad Dog March 1, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    I bet it smells better than glue! You may have to consult Alice B. Toklas on cannabis, or canibus as she calls it 😉

  6. andalucianchien March 1, 2013 at 6:38 am #

    Like the addition of cloves and fennel and two types of paprika. A little bit more complex than a regular mix

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  7. rumpydog February 28, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    I’m gonna hafta try that! Yum!

  8. thewindykitchen February 28, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    this looks like such a lovely meal. YUM 😉

  9. Conor Bofin February 28, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    Lovely stuff. Send some over now, please.

  10. Adriana Waterston February 28, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    This was delish! The next week, I used the same paste in a lamb stew. Wow it was great.

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy February 28, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

      It was so damn good…..please share with your friends so they can see just how good you are!!! xoxoxox

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