Venetian Blend: Five Ways Under Five Minutes

Venetian Blend is the hands-down favorite blend at Red Stick Spice Company. It's versatility is the main reason.  Venetian is a blend of Mediterranean flavors--think garlic, onion, fennel, spices--with Romano Cheese. Delicious! 

Here are five ideas for Venetian Blend (and five is just a small sample of its uses) that will take you less than five minutes in the kitchen...

1. Bread Dipping--Sprinkle Venetian Blend in a plate, add grated fresh or roasted garlic, extra virgin olive oil and all you need a crusty loaf of bread.

2. Salad Dressing--Combine 2 Tbl Venetian Blend, 2 tsp lemon juice.  Whisk in 1/2 cup Red Stick Spice Arbequina ExtraVirgin Olive Oil. Toss with Salad Greens.

3. Marinade--Combine 4 Tbl Venetian Blend with a little Red Stick Spice Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil to make a paste-like consistency.  Paint chicken breasts, pork tenderloin, fish or steak with this combination.  Refrigerate for 30 mintues or up to 12 hours.  Cook as desired.

4. Venetian Bread--Combine 4 Tbl Venetian Blend with softened butter.  Split a loaf of french bread in half and spread mixture onto halves.  Bake at 350 until warm and bubbly.  Run under a broiler to brown, if desired.

5. Pasta Toss--Combine 2 Tbl Venetian Blend with 1/4 cup Red Stick Spice Arbequina Extra Olive Oil.  Toss with pasta.  Makes a great side dish either hot or cold.

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