At these New Orleans-inspired quick-chicken restaurants portable paper pouches of this seasoning blend hold about 1/4 teaspoon of tasty sprinkle, and Popeyes doesn't sell it in stores. The only way you'll get a decent portion of Cajun Sparkle to use on your home foods is to either hoard dozens of envelopes of the Cajun seasoning or whip up your own home version. I recommend the latter. One secret ingredient in this basic seasoning blend is MSG, or monosodium glutamate, which is an important part of the delicious flavor. You'll find MSG near the other herbs and spices in your market under the brand-name Accent. If you don't want MSG on your food, you can certainly leave this ingredient out of the mix. You won't get the best Top Secret clone, but the blend will still be very good on anything that needs a dash of salt, flavor, and a little bit of heat.
Source: Top Secret Recipes Unlocked by Todd Wilbur.
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon rubbed dried sage
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon MSG (such as Accent Flavor Enhancer)
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle on stuff. Eat.
Makes 2 tablespoons.
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