It's back! On a recent trip to Trader Joe's I noticed this little jar has made its annual return to store shelves. It's packaged the exact same way as it has been for years which means the product is basically unchanged. For those who think it's new, here are my thoughts on this from 2018.
Taste and review
I remember going to Florida as a kid. Aside from the typical Disney vacation, we made our way to an area called Tarpon Springs. It is a large Greek community if you've never been there. We went to one restaurant that is sadly, no longer there: Pappas' Restaurant. It was a truly iconic restaurant.
Aside from really awesome food, a solid Greek salad served with potato salad, they also had olive oil and some herbs mixed together. Perfect for dipping. A seasoning blend was sold in the shops not far from the restaurant. As a family, we put butter on just about everything. After we got home we definitely shifted towards olive oil.
Having olive oil (and good olive oil at that) with herbs and spices was life-altering. When you have good olive oil you begin to start questioning the need for butter. Add something beyond just olive oil and you do have something special on your hands.
As is the case here. In this little jar, you are getting ground almonds and spices. As long as your palate is agreeable to anise and fennel, you may find this little jar has lots of potential. Not only are you getting a nice pop of flavor, you are also adding quite a bit of texture to each bite of bread.
I had mine with Trader Joe's Kalamata Olive Oil which has a nice flavor on its own. With the Dukkah, it was that much better.
The crushed almonds add a nice texture as do the sesame seeds. You feel like you are getting something different in each bite. There is a nice pinch of salt that will make any flavors of the olive oil pop just a bit more.
My biggest concern was the flavor of anise and fennel. They aren't flavors I'm terribly fond of, but they do work here and I did not mind them. Each bite had a really good flavor that I kept going back for more.
While I did not get a chance to see how this would work as a crust to chicken or fish, I do imagine it would work very well. This is a very flexible topping that I'm glad to see back on store shelves. Priced at $2.99, it won't break the bank either.
Would I buy this again? While in 2018, I said yes, I still have the jar sitting on my shelves. I have a funny feeling that it was the anise flavor that slowed me down. And while I don't love anise, I'm sure someone out there does. If you are one of those people who love this product then stock up as this product seems to only show up in March and will likely be off of shelves once they run out of stock.
You can pick this up when it is available at Trader Joe's or through third-party sellers on Amazon.
The jar of Trader Joe's Dukkah:
How Trader Joe's describes this product:
Following Trader Joe's directions of bread, olive oil and then dukkah:
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Trader Joe's Dukkah
Product Name: Trader Joe's Dukkah
Product Description: Trader Joe's Dukkah is a nut and spice blend.
Trader Joe's Dukkah is a seasonal nut and spice blend that shows up on shelves just once a year.
- Trader Joe's Dukkah is back on shelves after a hiatus. It also makes for a flavorful dip in addition to olive oil.
- For those of you who like to stock up, it seems that Trader Joe's likes to put this on shelves in March
- If you do not like the taste of anise or fennel, then it is best to skip this product.