Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Paleo Powder Product Review and Pork Chops

While exploring the PaleoFX exhibit hall, one of the booths was for a spice blend called Paleo Powder.    Paleo Powder is the creation of Lauren and Dustin Gersch.  I'm always looking for new ways to flavor my food and I was intrigued.  Paleo Powder is an all purpose seasoning that is MSG, sugar and gluten free.  On the second and third day of the conference, Lauren and Dustin brought in 2 dishes created with Paleo Powder: Broccoli Soup and Dirty Rice.  Both were super yummy and convinced me this might be a spice blend worth a review.  

A sample baggy of the blend was included with the goodie bag I received but I knew I'd need a full bottle to really test this out in the kitchen, so I bought one.

I asked Dustin what I should try my Paleo Powder out on and he said well, "everything", but he really likes it on pork chops.  I had bought some really pretty pork chops at the farmers market a few months ago and froze them.  I have been waiting to find something special to do with them, and now I had that something special.

I used the directions found here on oven finishing pork chops.  

I put the chops on a baking sheet and spread the Paleo Powder over them.  Two tablespoons was just about the right amount for my two pork chops.   Dustin recommended letting the chops sit with the Paleo Powder for 15 minutes before cooking to let the blend "soak in" so to speak.  I followed his expert advice.  While waiting, I turned my oven on to pre-heat to 350 degrees.  

After 15 minutes, I heated a 10" cast iron skillet on medium high heat and added a tablespoon of ghee. Once the ghee had melted, I added the two pork chops.  I browned the pork chops for about 2 minutes on the first side and flipped them.    

I let the chops brown on the second side for about 1 minute and then I put them into the oven.  I figured less on this side would be fine since it would have the entire cooking time to sear.  I set my oven timer for 30 minutes.

Here are the chops right out of the oven.  

And plated for lunch. 

The Paleo Review:  Thumbs up for the chops and Paleo Powder!  
These pork chops were fantastic.  The Paleo Powder adds a pleasing smoky pepper flavor.  Though the blend has cumin in it, that flavor was not overpowering as I had feared it would be.  

Since making the pork chops, I've tried it on eggs, broiled steaks, roasted broccoli, and I've made the Paleo Powder No Pasta Salad.  So far, I have not been disappointed.  

I like Paleo Powder so much, it has earned a spot on my easy access spice kitchen lazy susan.  Yes, this is serious.  In fact, its time for a giveaway!

Clean Up Note:  If you've followed the blog for long, you know I'm always trying to minimize clean up.  The picture on the left is my cast iron skillet after having carefully just wiped it out with a paper towel.  Fantastic.  

I supposed I could have probably just left it like it was but not cleaning things makes me feel odd, so I went a head and added about 2 teaspoons of kosher salt to the skillet and scrubbed it with a scrubber that I keep just for my cast iron.  I've taken a paint pen and marked it so I know to never use soap with that scrubby.  I re-seasoned my pan with a little coconut oil over high heat , wiped it with paper towels again and my skillet was ready to go again.