Passionate about food, St. Louis native Chris Poulos opened The Spice Agent in downtown Branson, Missouri, in 2011. Inspired by his favorite high-end specialty grocer in Chicago, mingling aromas fill Poulos’ store, where the walls are lined with richly colored jars and packets of spices.
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Classic Poultry Rub: Made in-house, this poultry rub contains no salt, so you can control the sodium levels in your meal. For Thanksgiving, Poulos recommends salting the cavity of the bird, rubbing unsalted butter, poultry rub and salt under the skin and adding poultry rub and salt to the exterior. Add a few wedges of orange, lemon and lime to the cavity, as well, and then roast as usual.
Porcini Mushroom Salt: Skip plain table salt and jazz up traditional mashed potatoes with porcini mushroom salt. This earthy salt has strong notes of mushroom and will almost imitate the flavor of gravy – it’s a good option for vegans who want more depth to their taters.
Chocolate Almond Honey: Chocolaty and almondy, with an extra hint of raspberry flavor, this delectable honey needs a seat at the table. Use it in a pecan pie recipe instead of corn syrup or add a dash to your morning coffee as an alternative for sugar. It’s a healthier way to add sweetness to your favorite things. If you’re watching your waistline, skip traditional desserts and dip fresh berries straight in it.
Poulos also makes his own rubs, dry brines and spice blends. He sells 25 types of sea salt (including truffle- and bacon-flavored) and more than 70 seasonings and custom blends, alongside more than 100 spices. Loose-leaf tea and an array of flavored honeys, such as pumpkin spice and habanero, are also sold at The Spice Agent.
Use a drizzle of the habanero-flavored honey to add a spicy-sweet kick to glazed carrots – Poulos is always happy to offer recipe suggestions for his products.
The Spice Agent, 212 S. Commercial St., Branson, Missouri, 417.544.1905, thespiceagent.com