Cook’s Illustrated Jo Jo Spice Blend

Cook’s published this Jo Jo Spice Blend for their wonderful Jo Jos. If you’re not familiar, they’re wonderful, battered, deep-fried potato wedges – and unfortunately, they aren’t on this blog. But the Jo Jo Spice blend is!

Bomb Oven Roasted Fries - Best Oven Fries EVER
Bomb Oven Roasted Fries – Best Oven Fries EVER

I’ve found it’s just as good on my oven-fries, Bomb Baked Potato Wedges and my Crispy Oven Roasted Chick Peas. I’ve also sprinkled it on chicken breasts, my Stupid Simple Sweet Potato Fries and whatever else strikes my fancy.

This mixture has a good bit of a kick to it!

Cook’s Country Jo Jo Spice Mixture

  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt (decrease if not using kosher and adjust the amount you use in the recipe – see  conversion chart.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

Mix together. Store in tightly closed jar. Makes enough for two recipes of Jo Jos.

If you’d like to see more of my spice & herb blends, check out Spice, Herb & Flavor Packet Substitutes. I’m adding as I go along!

24 thoughts on “Cook’s Illustrated Jo Jo Spice Blend”

  1. This is fantastic, I love a good spice blend! 🙂
    Also just wondering if you got my email? Need to confirm if you can do the date for the guest post? 😀 Thanks again!

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. You know, I think you’re right – especially if it were made with that cheesy Mexican mayo mixture.

      I think almost anything goes well with Chili and Beer.I would lay out the potatoes and cover them with Chili and Cheese. Canadian Poutine would have nothing on a mixture like that.And then, I would regret it the next day!

      A little of this spice mix might go very well IN chili. Why don’t we have Cajun Chili?? I think you should make some up!

      1. Agreed, almost anthing goes with chili and beer. The choice are almost endless. Funny, I usually end up choosing “more beer” as the accompaniment to beer and chili. Your idea of Cajun chili is sheer genius. I have done a jambalaya chili but you have inspired something new

  2. This sounds like my friend’s mum’s sweet potato coating, except she puts nutmeg in hers too. Anyway, glad to have this in my notes now… after she told me the recipe, I promptly forgot everything that was in it except for the nutmeg… but I know she’s a huge fan of Cook’s.

    1. Myriam, I wonder if there was some brown sugar in it, too? I think I remember seeing a mixture kind of like that in Cook’s, not quite as spicy as this, though. I’m a huge fan of Cook’s, too, except they do too many of the same old recipes and sometimes they seem to be just very good recipes without the special touches we home cooks come up with. They didn’t do that, here, and really came through with the heat!

      There’s something to be said about standing in front of a cupboard thinking “this needs a little something – but what?”

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