Move over salt and pepper, there’s a new go-to seasoning in town. Everything seasoning was once just a bagel flavor, but as the name implies, it's good on everything. The mix of poppy seeds, toasted sesame seeds, dried garlic, dried onion and salt is being used to flavor popcorn, carpaccio and even salmon dip.
At gourmet popcorn company Como Gopo, based in Columbia, Missouri, husband-and-wife owners Nick and Brooke Bartlett created the Everything Tiger as a nod to B&B Bagel Co., one of their favorite local spots, and to the everything bagel, their favorite flavor. The made-fresh-daily popcorn is made with a Cheddar base and an everything-bagel seasoning consisting of the usual black sesame seeds, poppy seeds, garlic, sea salt and dried onion, plus mustard powder. “Each kernel is covered in a ton of flavor,” Brooke says. “It satisfies, is versatile and something that never gets old.” Look for Como Gopo’s new storefront at 526 Court St. in Fulton, Missouri, opening this fall; you can also find Everything Tiger online, at Plume in Columbia and Winding Road Gifts + Interiors in California, Missouri.
Como Gopo, thegopo.com
Executive chef Joe West of Kansas City steakhouse Stock Hill occasionally uses an everything crumble to enhance his dishes; it’s made of yeasty bread dough and a mixture of caramelized onion, poppy seeds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds, which are crumbled, toasted and finished with butter. Most recently, he used it on a pastrami beef carpaccio special. But it also works its way into appetizers for catering events like smoked salmon canapes with aerated cream cheese. “It’s a familiar flavor, and people find comfort in that,” West says, speaking to its newfound popularity. “People taste it and automatically get it.” For West, the crumble works well because it combines several textures and subtleties incorporating sweet, salty, savory and bitter all at once.
Stock Hill, 4800 Main St., South Plaza, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.895.8400, stockhillkc.com
Snax Gastrobar sous chef Chris Ladley used to get an everything bagel and lox on his way to work every morning. “It’s one of my favorite things in the world,” he says. A recent special at Snax was The Everything Salmon Dip, a take on his morning routine that he’d been playing around with for some time. He combined smoked salmon, cream cheese and sour cream to make a creamy mousse with everything-bagel seasoning that included fried garlic, shallot, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, caraway and fresh capers, served with flash-fried Companion Bakery pretzel-bun slices tossed in everything-bagel seasoning. The special sold out in an hour and a half. “It’s a great combination of flavors because it hits all the major tastes,” Ladley says. “And from an emotional point of view, it’s familiar to people.” Everything-bagel seasoning is always part of Ladley's toolbox, so you can expect the flavors to show up again at Snax.
Snax Gastrobar, 3500 Watson Road, Lindenwood Park, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.353.9463, snaxstl.com