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Playing With Fire

Published February 1, 2022

‘I adore any excuse to use a torch in the kitchen’

I came across an article on Epicurious about finishing dishes with ghee smoke. I don’t have a grill at home, and I always miss that kiss of smokey flavor you can only get cooking over charcoal, so this method was intriguing to me. The process involves placing a piece of hot charcoal in a metal dish (or half of a hollowed-out onion), pouring ghee over the charcoal to generate smoke, then trapping the smoke with a lid and letting it perfume your food. 

You can heat the charcoal using a blow torch, brulee torch, or the open flame of a gas stove. I adore any excuse to use a torch in the kitchen, which makes this dish especially exciting to make.