Fennel, Chile, and Maple Dry Brine

Fennel, Chile, and Maple Dry Brine

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Ingredients

6 whole star anise pods
2 tablespoons fennel seeds
1/2 cup kosher salt
1/4 cup maple sugar or 3 tablespoonss brown sugar
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes

Preparation

Toast star anise and fennel seeds in a small skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a food processor; add salt, maple sugar, thyme, and red pepper flakes and pulse to blend, about 30 seconds.

DO AHEAD: Dry brine can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and chill.

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