Roasted Spices Add New Layers of Flavor

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(Family Features) When cooking enthusiasts look for flavor-boosting secrets, roasting spices rises to the top as one of the most accessible take-home techniques. Spices like cumin, coriander, cinnamon – even ground ginger – can be heated on the stovetop to release essential oils and create deeper, more aromatic flavors.

Spices burn easily, however, and the speed with which they cook varies depending on heat, pan and individual spice. For those looking to skip the time and temperature guesswork, a new group of roasted spices from the McCormick Gourmet Collection delivers the rich, fuller taste and mouthwatering aromas of roasting – without the extra effort.

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Steak and Veggies

Roasted Cumin-Crusted Grilled

Steaks with Tomato Relish

For maximum flavor, refrigerate steaks for 2 hours after rubbing with spice mixture. Tomato Relish can also be prepared earlier in the day and refrigerated until ready to serve.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Marinate Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 16 minutes

1 Tbsp. packed dark brown sugar

1 Tbsp. McCormick Gourmet Roasted Ground Cumin

1 tsp. McCormick Gourmet Oregano Leaves, Mediterranean

1 tsp. McCormick Gourmet Sicilian Sea Salt

1/2 tsp. McCormick Gourmet Garlic Powder

1/4 tsp. McCormick Gourmet Red Pepper, Ground Cayenne

1 pound boneless beef sirloin or New York strip steaks (about 3/4-inch thick)

1 pint assorted colors cherry tomatoes, quartered (about 2 c.)

1/4 c. chopped red onion

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Mix sugar, cumin, oregano, sea salt, garlic powder and red pepper in small bowl until well blended. Reserve 1 Tbsp. of the spice mixture. Brush steaks lightly with oil. Rub remaining spice mixture on both sides of steaks. Refrigerate 30 minutes or longer for extra flavor.

Meanwhile, mix tomatoes, onion, oil, vinegar and reserved spice mixture in medium bowl. Cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Grill steaks over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes per side or until desired doneness. Slice steak and serve with Tomato Relish.

Makes 4 servings. Nutrition Information Per Serving:  267 Calories, Fat 15g, Protein 24g, Carbohydrates 9g, Cholesterol 57mg, Sodium 560mg, Fiber 2g

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