Garlic Pepper: Flavor Profile
A change-of-pace for traditional pepper, garlic pepper is a blend of garlic powder and fresh ground peppercorns. A popular choice for many seasoning blends, garlic pepper has a mild peppery taste with notes of garlic and onion.
The spice is versatile, adding extra depth and complexity to dishes that call for regular pepper. And it has many uses in the kitchen. It adds a balanced peppery heat to dry rubs and marinades, or it can be used as a finishing spice, sprinkled over eggs or popcorn. Yet, when it comes to garlic pepper, it’s all about the quality of the blend. Great garlic pepper features fresh garlic powder and fresh ground pepper.
Garlic Pepper: Common Uses
Traditionally, garlic pepper delivers a burst of garlicy flavor matched with the heat and smokiness of fresh ground pepper. You can substitute it for regular pepper, if you’re looking to add notes of onion and garlic. But it’s most commonly used on its own to bring depth of flavor to a range of dishes. Fresh garlic pepper is most commonly used for:
- Grilled Meats – Garlic pepper adds spice and garlicy notes to just about any grilled meat. Chicken, steak and burgers all pair nicely with a dash of garlic pepper.
- Spice Blends & Rubs – You’ll find garlic pepper in many spice blends, as it combines two of the world’s favorite spices, garlic and pepper. And it’s perfect in dry rubs, providing a complex garlicy heat that draws out the natural savory flavors of beef and pork.
- Potatoes & Rice – Substitute garlic pepper in mashed potatoes or rice dishes for subtle notes of garlic and classic ground pepper heat.
- Sauces – Garlic pepper pairs nicely with tomato-based sauces that call for pepper. Garlic and tomato are natural complements, and garlic pepper can help create a more complex flavor for marinara, pizza sauce or even ratatouille.
- Roasted Dishes – Roasting veggies or meats with a dash of garlic pepper helps round out the flavors of the spice and add a bit of smokiness.
Garlic Pepper History
Garlic and pepper are two of the world’s oldest spices, having been used in medicine and cooking since as early as 4000 B.C. Garlic originates in Asia, where it’s found wild, but it was distributed widely throughout the ancient world.
The Egyptians used garlic to feed laborers and soldiers, and the herb was widely used in traditional Egyptian medicine. Physicians prescribed garlic to aid digestion, to treat colds and as a sore throat soother. The Greeks and Romans were also fans of garlic, eating it whole, as a spice and using it in traditional medicines.
Similarly, pepper has been widely distributed throughout history. It’s native to Southeast Asia, but pepper played an important role in the Spice Trade. Pepper was introduced to Europe nearly 3,000 years ago, and many Indian pepper growing regions became important ports of call on the spice routes.
Although the origin of garlic pepper isn’t well known, blends of the spice are a more recent introduction. Pepper blends were popularized by the French in the 1800s, as well as in the U.S. in the 1930s. The French chefs of the time were some of the first to popularize cookbooks, and many modern ingredients are popular today thanks to being featured in these early texts.
The best garlic pepper is all about the blend. A quality garlic powder – made from rich, flavorful cloves – and freshly ground black pepper create a potent flavor that’s unmistakable.
Nearly every spice shop has their own pepper blend recipe. Yet, most commonly, pepper and garlic powder are mixed in about a 3-to-1 ratio. There are many different types of garlic pepper, some using just garlic powder and pepper and others using herbs and other spices. Lemon garlic powder blends, for example, are popular, and incorporate lemon zest. White and red garlic pepper are other favorite variations.
We hand mix our garlic pepper blend using fresh, top-quality ingredients, using a traditional recipe.
About Our Garlic Pepper
Our blend includes our Egyptian garlic powder, which has rich and flavorful notes. We also use freshly ground peppercorns. We source our black pepper from small farms in Kerala, India – a region known for its spicy, bold pepper. Our blends are created fresh, with guarantees a potent flavor and longer shelf life.