Spice Guide

Spice Guide - Flavor Profiles and Uses (click here for downloadable version)

Spice Guide - Flavor Profiles and Uses

SPICE FLAVOR PROFILE & USE
Allspice _____________________________________________________________________________
• Earthy & sweet flavor
• Produce pairings: apples, beets, cabbage, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, turnips
• Pair with beef or lamb
• Use in soups, desserts, or breads
• Combine with: cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, or ginger. 
Basil _____________________________________________________________________________
• Sweet flavor
• Producing pairings: bell peppers, eggplants, potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini
• Pair with cheeses, chicken, fish or pork
• Use in salad dressings, sauces, marinades or dry rubs
• Combine with garlic powder, rosemary, thyme or oregano.
Bay Leaves _____________________________________________________________________________
• Bitter flavor
• Produce pairings: potatoes, tomatoes and mushrooms
• Pair with beans, lentils, or shellfish
• Use in risotto or soups
• Combine with oregano, sage, or thyme.
Cardamom _____________________________________________________________________________
• Sweet flavor
• Produce pairings: carrots, citrus, corn, peas, sweet potatoes, squash
• Pair with chicken, duck, lentils or pork
• Use in curries or rice
• Combine with cinnamon, cumin, ginger or turmeric.
Cayenne Pepper _____________________________________________________________________________
• Spicy flavor
• Produce pairings: eggplant, potatoes, zucchini, bell peppers, corn, tomatoes
• Pair with chicken, beef or fish
• Use in rice, soups, salad dressings, sauces and marinades
• Combine with cumin, paprika or cinnamon.
Chili Powder _____________________________________________________________________________
• Spicy & smoky flavor
• Produce pairings: corn, tomato, cauliflower, green beans, squash
• Pair with beans, chicken, beef, or fish
• Use in soups, sauces, dry rubs, salad dressings, or marinades
• Combine with coriander, cumin, or garlic powder.
Cinnamon _____________________________________________________________________________
• Earthy & sweet flavor
• Produce pairings: apples, carrots, pears, sweet potatoes, squash
• Pair with chicken or lamb
• Use in fruit sauces, desserts or breads
• Combine with allspice, cloves or nutmeg.
Cloves _____________________________________________________________________________
• Earthy & sweet flavor
• Produce pairings: apples, beets, squash, tomatoes, sweet potatoes
• Pair with lamb
• Use in curries, soups, marinades, desserts or breads
• Combine with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, or basil.
Coriander _____________________________________________________________________________
• Earthy & peppery flavor
• Produce pairings: bell peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, onions
• Pair with chicken, beef, pork, fish or tofu
• Use in curries, soups, sauces, stuffing, dry rubs or marinades
• Combine with chili powder, cumin or cinnamon.
Cumin _____________________________________________________________________________
• Smoky and earthy flavor
• Produce pairings: eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, corn, green beans
• Pair with beans, chicken, beef, fish, pork, lentils, or tofu
• Use in curries, rice, soup, sauce, dry rubs or marinades
• Combine with garlic powder, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon or oregano.
Garlic Powder _____________________________________________________________________________
• Savory flavor
• Produce pairings: cabbage, tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, mushrooms
• Pair with beans, chicken, beef, fish, or tofu
• Use in curries, soups, sauces, stir-fry, dressings, dry rubs, or marinades
• Combine with oregano, cumin, coriander, or turmeric.
Ginger _____________________________________________________________________________
• Sweet & warm flavor
• Produce pairings: carrots, citrus, sweet potatoes, beets, squash
• Pair with chicken, beef, fish, pork or tofu
• Use in rice, curries, stir-fry, or marinades
• Combine with garlic powder.
Nutmeg _____________________________________________________________________________
• Sweet flavor
• Produce pairings: broccoli, cabbage, carrots, squash, cauliflower, sweet potatoes
• Pair with lamb
• Use in rice, stuffing, sauces
• Combine with allspice or cloves.
Onion Powder _____________________________________________________________________________
• Savory flavor
• Produce pairings: celery, eggplant, spinach, squash
• Pair with chicken, fish, pork, or beef
• Use in marinades, dressings, dips, or sauces
• Combine with garlic powder or oregano.
Oregano _____________________________________________________________________________
• Earthy flavor
• Produce pairings: artichokes, tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, potatoes, mushrooms
• Pair with beans, chicken, fish, lamb or pork
• Use in soups, salad dressings, tomato sauces, dry rubs, or marinades.
• Combine with chili powder, bay leaves, or thyme.
Paprika _____________________________________________________________________________
• Sweet & warm flavor
• Produce pairings: bell peppers, squash, cauliflower, broccoli, potatoes
• Pair with chicken, shellfish, lamb, or tofu
• Use in rice, soups, salad dressings or marinades
• Combine with garlic powder, chili powder, cardamom, cinnamon or cumin.
Rosemary _____________________________________________________________________________
• Earthy flavor
• Produce pairings: mushrooms, peas, potatoes, onions
• Pair with beans, chicken, lamb, pork, or fish
• Use in marinades
• Combine with garlic powder, oregano, basil, or thyme.
Thyme _____________________________________________________________________________
• Earthy flavor
• Produce pairings: carrots, tomatoes, zucchini, cauliflower, green beans, peas
• Pair with beef, chicken, fish, lamb, pork, or lentils
• Use in soups, salad dressings, dry rubs, or marinades
• Combine with oregano or rosemary.
Turmeric _____________________________________________________________________________
• Peppery & bitter flavor
• Produce pairings: cauliflower, cabbage, potato, sweet potatoes
• Pair with beans, lentils, chicken, fish or tofu
• Use in curries or rice
• Combine with cardamom or garlic powder.