2019 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE – The Spice Lab Gift Sets With Air Fryer Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe

by Valerie Gray, From Val's Kitchen

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FROM VAL'S KITCHEN 2019 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE - The Spice Lab Seasonings Gift Sets

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There’s something that I think people that enjoy cooking and people that enjoy eating agree on. Good seasoning makes a big difference in the taste of a dish. The Spice Lab offers an extensive line of sea salts, spices, seasonings and related products. The award-winning company is a woman-owned family business known for offering the widest selection of sea salts from a single source. All of The Spice Lab’s products are processed and packaged in their HACCP certified manufacturing facility in Pompano Beach, Florida.The Spice Lab’s gift sets and other products would make a great holiday gift for anyone that enjoys cooking, entertaining and eating.

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FROM VAL'S KITCHEN 2019 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE - The Spice Lab Seasonings Gift Sets

Taste of America Gift Set

The Taste of America Gift Set includes 4 shaker jars,  one of each of the following – Chicago Chop Seasoning, Key West Seafood Seasoning, Fiery Southern Charm & Everything and More Seasoning.

Chicago Chop – The perfect blend for pork, beef, and chicken. Super savory and smoky, this seasoning blend really brings out the best in pork. Toss chicken wings with a little oil and this blend before baking in a hot oven. For a more intense flavor boost, let the seasoned meat rest for 30 minutes or refrigerate overnight before cooking..

Key West Seafood – Flavorful blend of onion, garlic, thyme, parsley and other spices. The Spice Lab’s rubs are carefully blended to enhance the flavor of your favorite sea food and fresh water fish. An excellent spice mix to use on grilled or baked salmon, scrumptious shrimp kabobs or even as a secret ingredient in crab cakes. Try as a tasty seasoning for trout, catfish or perch.Grill, broil, bake or pan fry as usual. For a fish fry, use the rub as the spices in your dry breading mixture. Dip pieces of cod or other white fish in a batter of milk, buttermilk or beer and then dredge in seasoned flour, cornmeal or cracker crumbs.

Fiery Southern Charm – An all-around multipurpose seasoning. Smoky and spicy, this blend adds a little sass to any dish. Try sprinkling on deviled eggs or celery sticks spread with cream cheese. Season flour to dredge fried chicken. Spice up potato salad or coleslaw. Try it on French fries in place of salt.

Everything and More – A perfect seasoning for meats, fish and vegetables. The possibilities are endless with this toasty topping. Slather crackers, toast or celery sticks with cream cheese and top with Everything and More. Try on halved soft-boiled eggs for a quick party appetizer. It’s great on buttered popcorn, roasted vegetables and your favorite salad.

FROM VAL'S KITCHEN 2019 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE - The Spice Lab Seasonings Gift Sets

Mediterranean Gift Set 

The Mediterranean Gift Set includes 4 shaker jars, one of each of the following – Mediterranean Citrus Herb, French Onion and Garlic, Spicy Italian Sun-Dried Tomato & Sicilian Blend.

Mediterranean Citrus Herb – Lemon and orange peel gives this blend its fresh citrus flavor. Try as a seasoning for fish or seafood. Great dipping oil for crusty Italian bread. Mix these premium spices with your favorite olive oil to quickly create unique, flavorful dipping oil ideal with artisan breads. Add balsamic or wine vinegar with the oil to make tasty vinaigrette for salad dressing or as a marinade. Sprinkle the seasoning on cooked vegetables or grilled meats. Mix with flour to bread cutlets or chops.

French Onion and Garlic – Classic combo of pungent onion and garlic with colorful green flakes of chives – excellent to flavor butter or oil. Mix with sour cream for a tasty dip.Mix these premium spices with your favorite olive oil to quickly create unique, flavorful dipping oil ideal with artisan breads. Add balsamic or wine vinegar with the oil to make tasty vinaigrette for salad dressing or as a marinade. Sprinkle the seasoning o cooked vegetables or grilled meats. Mix with flour to bread cutlets or chops.

Spicy Italian Sun-Dried Tomato – Bursting with zesty Italian spices, sweet sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, peppers, green onion, sesame seeds and lemon peel. Mix these premium spices with your favorite olive oil to quickly create unique, flavorful dipping oil ideal with artisan breads. Add balsamic or wine vinegar with the oil to make tasty vinaigrette for salad dressing or as a marinade. Sprinkle the seasoning o cooked vegetables or grilled meats. Mix with flour to bread cutlets or chops.

Sicilian Blend – An all-around multipurpose seasoning. Love Italian seasoning but wish it had more heat? This is the blend. Simply coat meat in oil and season with the spice blend before cooking. Add to pasta sauce or hamburgers for a spicy kick.

PURCHASE

Each of these The Spice Labs gift sets can be purchased on amazon. You can also purchase directly from The Spice Lab website, gourmet and specialty gift shops, and major retailers.

CONNECT

You can learn more about these spices and many others on The Spice Lab website. You can keep up with the Spice Lab on social media, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Here’s a recipe I made with The Spice Lab’s Sicilian Blend.

FROM VAL'S KITCHEN 2019 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE - The Spice Lab Gift Sets With Air Fryer Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe

Air Fryer Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes

I love tomatoes. I love cheese. I love to stuff tomatoes, and frequently when I do I use cheese. Creamy ricotta melted inside a tomato is a little piece of heaven. Add in a little cheddar and some good seasoning and you have a great lunch or snack that’s ready in under 20 minutes. Here’s how I make Air Fryer Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes.

Equipment Needed

Ingredients

  • 4 beefsteak tomatoes
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp Sicilian Blend seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • spray olive oil

FROM VAL'S KITCHEN 2019 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE - The Spice Lab Gift Sets With Air Fryer Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe

Instructions

Cut the tops off of the tomatoes and discard.

Use a spoon or melon baller to remove the tomato pulp from the inside of the tomato. Discard the tomato pulp.

FROM VAL'S KITCHEN 2019 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE - The Spice Lab Gift Sets With Air Fryer Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe

Gently rinse the inside of the tomatoes and place upside down on a paper towel to drain.

Put the ricotta cheese into the mixing bowl.

Add the seasonings to the bowl and stir.

Place the shredded cheddar cheese into the bowl and combine thoroughly.

Fill each of the hollowed out tomatoes with the cheese mixture.

Set the air fryer to cook at 370 f. On my air fryer if starting from cold I let it heat up for 3 minutes.

Spray the air fryer’s tray with olive oil.

Place the tomatoes onto the tray.

FROM VAL'S KITCHEN 2019 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE - The Spice Lab Gift Sets With Air Fryer Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe

Cook for about 15 minutes, until the cheese on the top is melted and turning golden brown.

Remove from the air fryer.

Serve immediately.

Enjoy!

FROM VAL'S KITCHEN 2019 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE - The Spice Lab Gift Sets With Air Fryer Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe

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