It’s that time of year, when the weather gets a little cooler and we gather our loved ones around the table laden with warm, comforting home-made food. Add a little spice to your Thanksgiving meal this year with these Spice Madam spice hacks.
Here are 4 easy ways to infuse some flavor kicks into the classic Thanksgiving foods you love!
1) Garam masala + Stuffing
Garam masala is a fragrant spice blend from India. It contains a mix of the perfect fall spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom – as well as coriander, cumin and black peppercorns. Not just for curries, this gorgeous blend is the magic ingredient to take your stuffing to the next level.
Use 1/2 – 1 tablespoon in your stuffing recipe – just add it to the onions and celery as you sauté them on the stove and proceed with your recipe as usual.
Garam masala has no chili or hot spices, so it helps the classic ingredients in your stuffing to play a starring role.
2) Cinnamon + Pecan Pie
Cinnamon and pecan pie were made for each other! Cinnamon’s sweet, warm taste pairs perfectly with the caramel-like texture of the pie filing and the nuts. Add 1 tsp of cinnamon to your pecan pie filling mix – the scent of the cinnamon and pecans baking in the pie will make you want to have multiple “taste tests” – totally allowed, just as long as you make enough for everyone!
Cinnamon also plays will with apple, pumpkin and other fruit pies – start with 1 tsp and adjust the amount up according to your taste.
3) Turmeric + Roasted Brussels Sprouts with cranberries
Turmeric has a warm, peppery flavor and a beautiful ginger/orange fragrance. It’s a bright and happy spice that adds a subtle exotic taste to roasted vegetables without overpowering the delicious roasted flavor.
Sprinkle 1-2 teaspoons of turmeric over some brussels sprouts before roasting and in the last 5-8 minutes of oven time, add a handful of fresh cranberries for some rich jewel tones!
4) Nutmeg + Sweet Potatoes
Nutmeg is a classic fall spice that conjures up images of gingerbread and apple cider – but it’s also the perfect spice to add a layer of flavor dimension to your sweet potato casserole. The warm, peppery flavor enhances the natural sweetness of the potatoes to create a dish that is full of comforting flavor!
Stir 1/4 tsp nutmeg into to your mashed sweet potatoes before adding the marshmallow topping.
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