Seasoning and spices can make or break a recipe. The taste that you’re looking for can be matched or exceeded with some simple additions. With the ability to add flavor to a variety of recipes, having a good collection of seasonings to choose from can be a clutch tool for anyone interested in stepping up their cooking.
The changing of the seasons is a perfect time to change up your own recipe book and cook some new items. A great way to do that is to add some new spices into your kitchen. To help build up a good seasoning and spice cabinet, we’re sharing some that are used all over the world, and can add some excitement to your upcoming dishes.
Mexico – Chili Powder
Chili powder is one of the key ingredients for recipes from Mexico, especially to top meats and vegetables. With a variety of other uses as well, the blend of chili, red pepper and other seasonings can add a unique style to all sorts of Mexican-style dishes.
Brazil – Tempero Baiano
Named after the northeastern Brazilian state, Bahia, this spice mixture is versatile and popular throughout the country. Used heavily for dishes like fish, vegetables and soups, this spice can liven up a number of different Brazilian recipes with a delightful blend of oregano, pepper and parsley.
France – Quatre Épices
Also known as “four spices,” this is used to season all sorts of French specialties, ranging from traditional chicken dishes to many of the country’s popular soups. Typically combining white pepper, ginger, nutmeg and cloves, this mix of spices can often be used as a replacement for cinnamon.
Colombia – Triguisar
Triguisar is one of the more popular mixed seasonings used heavily in Colombia and surrounding areas. It is an essential to many traditional Colombian dishes, including the country’s popular hamburgers and tacos, for example. It can also be used to liven up soups, stews and marinades.
Greece – Allspice
Coming in both a powdered and whole type, allspice is a mix of dried berries that retain flavor and is used in a variety of different Greek foods, including stews, pasta sauces, marinades for meat and more. This spice must be used carefully though, as the flavor is robust and you don’t want to go overboard.
Of course there are a variety of other popular seasonings and spices from these countries and more. But if you’re looking to expand your kitchen and want to add some new flavors to your upcoming recipes, these five can provide you with some new and delightful tastes that you haven’t experienced before.
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