LIQUID SPICE FOR SAUTEING
If we’re not going to oil the skillet and we still want some char on our sautéed veggies, then we’re going to have to improvise. This is one way to do it. See easy instructions below.
Makes a little over 1 cup
Experiment: Sautéing veggies without oil. Looking for char and soft.
1 c. water
1 T. light brown sugar
2 T. apple cider vinegar
3 T. fresh lemon squeeze
1 t. turmeric
1 t. smoked paprika
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. onion powder
1/2 t. dry mustard
1/4 t. ground allspice
1/4 t. red cayenne pepper
1 t. sea salt
2 t. liquid smoke
Place in squirt bottle and refrigerate. Shake before using.
Regardless of the type of skillet, sprinkle with a little sea salt, and place over medium heat.
Add the veggies and let them sweat a little and char on some sides and edges before stirring.
Once the char is done, you need to soften the veggies, so they’re not hard.
This is when you squirt the Liquid Spice – several squirts will do – onto the veggies and into the skillet.
Immediately cover the skillet with a lid to allow the steam to soften the veggies to your liking.
Then remove skillet from heat to prevent too much further cooking. Add to whatever recipe you’re making.
Notes: Make any type of Liquid Spice you like, using any combination of flavors. This is the first one I tried and I liked it. There will be others. What’s important here is the method.
What was also important was that the seasoning not drastically alter the flavor of the sautéed veggies.
Experiment, now that you have the method, as I will continue to do.
RESULT: Sautéing without oil is not the same as sautéing with oil. It’s a totally different process. The veggies char up fairly quickly and after adding the liquid spice, they soften quickly. Staying with the skillet at the stove is a good idea, so you can watch how the veggies develop.