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The Zippy, Make-Ahead Green Sauce That'll Brighten Cold-Weather Dinners

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The words "hassle-free holiday trick" are music to our ears. We partnered with Delta® Faucet to announce their newest addition to the kitchen, ShieldSpray™ Technology It makes holiday cleanup easy by keeping the splashing contained, so we're free to entertain more. And we're celebrating by sharing our favorite make-ahead sauces that'll add that something extra to all your holiday dinner parties.

Charmoula is a vibrant, North African green sauce or marinade that compliments everything from fish to meat to vegetables. Its zippiness is thanks to lemon (often preserved), garlic, and vinegar; its emerald green color comes from parsley, cilantro, and scallions; and its soulfulness comes from spices like cumin and cinnamon. Charmoula is multi-faceted, just like you, fellow human.

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Charmoula
Charmoula

This is why I fancy it a real hero in the kitchen and on the dinner table. Making Charmoula is self-contained, mostly handled by a food processor, keeping messes to a minimum and zero burners involved. It's one of those go-to's when you've sort of run out of ideas, or you need just one little thing to perk up chicken or steak. (In the cookbook A New Way to Dinner, our co-founder Amanda dresses up chicken cutlets, lamb, fish, and even sandwiches with it.)

Pans make good bouncing boards for water, but angle the faucet right and you'll keep it contained (we did it with help from Delta Faucet ShieldSpray™ technology).
Pans make good bouncing boards for water, but angle the faucet right and you'll keep it contained (we did it with help from Delta Faucet ShieldSpray™ technology).
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Charmoula

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Makes enough for 4 servings, with leftovers
  • 1 cup (20g) packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 cup (20g) packed fresh cilantro leaves and stems
  • 2 scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Large pinch of Aleppo pepper or crushed red pepper flakes
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 3/4 cup (175ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
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Charmoula will brighten up any meal, so here are three menus to make during the holidays that'll use it well:

Menu #1

Roasted Carrot Harissa and Crème Fraîche Crostini

Roasted Carrot Harissa and Crème Fraîche Crostini by gingerroot

The Best Pan-Roasted Potatoes

The Best Pan-Roasted Potatoes by Gretchen @ Backyardnotes

Seared Salmon with Cinnamon and Chile Powder

Seared Salmon with Cinnamon and Chile Powder by Sippity Sup (Greg Henry)

Golden Milk Panna Cotta

Golden Milk Panna Cotta by Alice Medrich

How to use the Charmoula:

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  • Alternate your crostini with Charmoula and the carrot harissa mash, or dab some on top.
  • Toss your potatoes with the Charmoula.
  • Slick it on the salmon if you'd like.

Menu #2

Savory Seedy Croutons

Savory Seedy Croutons by Kitchen Frau

Stewy Chickpea "Tagine" with Tomatoes, Cilantro and Golden Raisins

Stewy Chickpea "Tagine" with Tomatoes, Cilantro and Golde... by Alexandra Stafford

Moroccan-Spiced Chicken with Dates and Shallots

Moroccan-Spiced Chicken with Dates and Shallots by Pete

Lemon Granita (Granita al Limone)

Lemon Granita (Granita al Limone) by Emiko

How to use the Charmoula:

  • Serve up croutons with Charmoula as little nibbles before dinner (permission granted).
  • Set out bowls of the sauce on the side with the chicken and chickpeas.

Menu #3

Beet and Carrot Fritters with Dill and Yogurt Sauce

Beet and Carrot Fritters with Dill and Yogurt Sauce by Food52

Slow-Cooked Rib Eye Topped with Spicy Harissa Carrots

Slow-Cooked Rib Eye Topped with Spicy Harissa Carrots by Sara Jenkins

Roasted Delicata Squash Stuffed with Autumn Farro

Roasted Delicata Squash Stuffed with Autumn Farro by danielle majeika | the perp...

Effortless Angel's Food Cake

Effortless Angel's Food Cake by Stella Parks

How to use the Charmoula:

  • Dab the bright green of Charmoula on deeply crimsom beet fritters.
  • A slow roasted ribeye will happily welcome the zest of the sauce.
  • Stuffed delicata squash will look and taste dazzling with a drizzle of it.

We partnered with Delta® Faucet to celebrate their newest addition to the kitchen, ShieldSpray™ Technology. It allows hosts seamless cleanup (be gone, stubborn food specks) without making an even bigger mess (thanks to an innovative shield of water that surrounds the water jet). And all that means more time with guests—plus less time soaking, scrubbing, and shirt swapping.

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