Be it the delicious stuffing seasoning or cinnamon, holiday spices are what turns our festivals warm and memorable.
There is a distinct flavor and aroma associated with our holidays, without which the joy halves. Everyone has their own picked favorites. If I asked about yours, would it be the traditional ginger Christmas tree or a fresh twist of aromatic, cheesy garlic pull-apart Christmas tree? I bet there is no one answer.
There is the quintessential offerings, but there is also the drool-worthy caribbean Christmas dinner seasoned in the sweet, hot, and tangy Caribbean spices.
Specific holiday spices and seasoning that burst onto the scene this time of the year. These are the scents that you do not want to miss. It just wouldn’t be the same without them. At the same time, you might also want to try out a different dish or dessert. These are days you want to eat the best and make a gratifying gastronomic fest out of every moment. The right blend of spices is the way to achieve it.
Now that the holiday season is in full swing, here is a list of spices and seasoning to keep in your pantry to turn the tasty dinner dream into a reality.
The Flavor of Caribbean, Allspice: It is a unique spice essential to create the moreish pecan pie, apple cider, and fruitcake. Come holidays, allspice is found in every household. What’s more? You don’t have to worry about what to do with the remaining spice once the holiday season ends. It will perk up the tea, desserts and seasonal autumn desserts to make the sweater weather as delicious as warm.
The Warmth of Cinnamon: Seldom is the holiday dinner table ready without the woody aroma and warm flavor of cinnamon. From holiday buns to hot spiced cedar and roll wreaths, you taste it in every second dessert on the table. Even in dishes, whether you are after the Indian flavors or American ones, cinnamon proves an essential holiday spice on the rack.
Nigerian Seasoning aka the Afro Beats: From the Egusi tomato stew to succulent yams, Nigerian dinner dishes spice up the spirit of holidays. It may be the sight of colorful, palatable dishes or the perfect concoction of woody cinnamon, garlic, smoked paprika, bay leaf, and allspice.
Rich Flavors from India: Planning to add curries, sauces, potatoes, or spicy roasted cauliflower to the holiday menu? No better blend of spices than that from India. It concocts the taste of garlic, cumin, red chili, turmeric, coriander, mustard seed, and cinnamon. If you are after a more modest, less spicy flavor, you could try yet another blend of Indian spices. It excludes chili and entails the purest cumin, pepper, and cloves. Perfect to season dal, lentil soup, and roasted potatoes.
Loud Flavors of Star Anise: Some like our dishes to have intense tangs and a lasting aftertaste. For them, star anise is a must. Add it to poached pears, mulled wine, or warm spiced chai to give your holiday a savory festive cheer.