Along with fallen leaves, autumn brings cooler temperatures that inspire us to spend more time in the kitchen. Whether it's baking or preparing a hearty stew, you'll need to have some fall spices on hand to liven up your dishes.
We have selected a few cooking spices that make a great addition to your fall pantry along with some ideas for how to use them. You'll be surprised at how much you can do with these traditional spices.
8 Must-Have Fall Spices
Nutmeg and Mace
Nutmeg and mace typically make their way into cookies and pies. But they also make a great addition to soups, stews and sauteed greens, as in the case of this vegetarian spinach lasagna.
Use a microplane to grate whole nutmeg into your dishes or just sprinkle a bit of ground mace.
Perhaps the first spice that comes to mind when we think of fall, cinnamon is obviously great in sweets, but don't overlook its versatility.
Add a cinnamon stick to braised meats and you'll experience a greater depth of flavour (not sweetness). Use the whole spice to make tea or a fragrant poaching liquid.
Along with cinnamon and star anise, it makes a great addition to poaching liquids for apples, pears or wine.
Powdered ginger is great for baking, but gingerroot is wonderful in marinades and a slew of Indian and Asian dishes.
Whether chopped or grated, mix it with scallions and a dash of sesame oil to give a kick to meat marinades. You can also use the same ingredients to sautee shrimp. Mixed with yogurt and garlic, it makes a superb marinade for chicken.
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