It is always nice to have some cooking freedom - to experiment that is, and then end up with delicious meal to enjoy. For us tea lovers, it is great to know that there are actually plenty of ways to use tea to add twists on our favorite dish.
Over the last two articles, we've discussed how tea could work as a meat tenderizer and as a medium for smoking meat. In this blog post, we'll make a few tea-based rubs that will surely surprise our taste buds.
Basic Tea Rub:
This might be, perhaps the simplest way to make a tea rub. This best suits steak and pork chop, though it could be used for other dishes as well.
- 2 tablespoons loose leaf oolong tea
- 1 tablespoon white pepper
- Grind the tea leaves.
- Combine ground oolong tea with white pepper.
- Apply generously on the meat and let it sit for at least 10 minutes prior to cooking.
You can also use the following ingredients:
- 2 tablespoons loose leaf black tea
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
Should you want to make other tea rubs, try the following:
For fish and pork:
- 2 tablespoons loose leaf earl grey tea
- 1 tablespoon loose leaf rosemary tea
- 1 tablespoon garlic granules
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon ginger (ground)
For chicken and vegetables:
- 2 tablespoons loose leaf green tea
- 1 teaspoon marjoram
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 tablespoon chipotle chile pepper (powder)
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoo cilantro
Simply mix all the ingredients together in a blender and apply generously on your meat or veggies.