Umbria is famous for its Norcinos – butchers – creating cuts to be grilled, roasted and cured. This Father’s Day our Norcino shares his in-house seasoning blend inspired by the flavors of Norcia. The fragrant and summery flavors of wild fennel and citrus provide a piquant and unexpected twist to a classic summer BBQ. Fennel pollen can be purchased in-store—just ask at the butcher counter.
1 lb Sicilian fleur de sel
1 oz fennel pollen
2 oz coarse black pepper
2 oz muscovado sugar
2 oz dried orange zest
-Mix together blend ingredients and store in an air-tight container. Makes 1 1/2 lbs.
To use: rub steak, chicken, etc. with extra-virgin olive oil. Rub 1 oz. of seasoning per every 1 lb of meat and allow to marinate at room temperature for at least 20 minutes. Grill, roast, smoke, sous vide or cook however you like.
Note: this blend is also great on roasted olives tossed in good olive oil.