The Secret Ingredient That Makes Pretty Much Everything More Delicious
Cooking with tea is one of the best kept secrets.
Tea, especially one as fragrant as Early Grey, can elevate a dish more than you'd think. Mixing tea leaves into a shortbread dough, using brewed tea as the secret ingredient in a glaze, or infusing tea with aromatics to yield a cooking liquid for fish, are all delicious ways to use up a box of black tea, or simply, an excuse to go buy one.
Buttery shortbread cookies get the fragrant treatment with a touch of Early Grey tea leaves. Of course they’re magnificent on their own, but can easily be used to elevate a simple dessert like crushed over a bowl of ice cream or as a layer in a trifle (also crushed). The possibilities are endless and these cookies couldn’t be easier to make.
Get the recipe: Earl Grey Shortbreads
Poaching fish in tea is a thing! Tea brews delicately with aromatics such as star anise and ginger and a little bit of soy sauce to infuse and cook the fish in a flavorful stock. Once the fish is done cooking, the cooking liquid then turns into a sauce with just the addition of mirin and rice vinegar. Serve with rice or steamed broccoli (use the same cooking liquid!) for a major weeknight win.
Get the recipe: Earl Grey-Poached Cod
Keep napkins handy for these sticky chicken drumsticks. The glaze is simple with just brewed tea, orange juice, and honey. The brewed Early Grey tea is the secret ingredient to this glaze everyone will love. Zesty, assertive, and sweet, this glaze will surely stay on rotation whether you’re grilling, searing, or using the oven.
Get the recipe: Tea-Glazed Drumsticks