Jean-Georges's Orange Dust
Known as an excellent seasoning for sauteed, broiled, or roasted meats, the golden powder -- made by grinding navel-orange peels that have been baked until dry -- adds color and sweet piquancy to Jean-Georges's sauteed shrimp.
Martha Stewart Living, November 1998
Yield Makes 2 to 3 tablespoons
- 2 navel oranges
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon canola, grapeseed, or other neutral-flavored oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a vegetable peeler, peel oranges, yielding 8 to 10 broad strips from each fruit. Using a paring knife, scrape white pith from inside the peels.
- Place the peels in a small saucepan with 1 cup water and sugar. Set over high heat, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer until the liquid becomes syrupy, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove peels, and drain.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and spread with oil. Scatter the cooked peels on the foil, spaced so they aren't touching.
- Bake peels until dry, being careful to avoid any browning, about 15 minutes. If they begin to brown, reduce oven temperature. Transfer to a wire rack to cool at room temperature in a dry place.
- Crumble peels, then grind in a spice mill or coffee grinder until powdery. Store in an airtight container. Orange dust will retain its peak flavor up to 2 weeks, but it will keep virtually forever, gradually losing its intensity.
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