I’m borrowing today’s topic from Lindsay over at the Happy Herbivore.
I am an avid spice user. I like food with lots of flavor and heat, and I’m never shy about experimenting. Defining a spice as anything that lives in one of those shakers in my pantry, here are my top 10, more or less in order:
1. Black pepper. We have a bond.
2. Crushed red pepper. I love to throw this on plain veggies, but it’s especially good on anything Italian or tomato-y.
3. Cinnamon. I rarely bake anything without it.
4. Cumin. It’s the perfect complement to so many cuisines: Indian, Mexican, Thai, etc. Add some to beans and salad dressings for something special.
5. Cayenne pepper. As I said, I love spicy food.
6. Basil. It’s my favorite dried herb. It jazzes up pasta dishes and veggies.
7. Chipotle powder. It can completely change the flavor of a bland dish and goes great with anything Mexican or Southwestern.
8. Curry powder. It’s the chipotle of Indian food. I like the red stuff best in a shaker.
9. Ginger. The fresh stuff is great, but my laziness usually wins out. I love ginger on stir-fried veggies.
10. Rosemary. I don’t use it a ton, but when it’s the right thing to add, nothing can beat it. It is delicious on roasted potatoes.
What are your favorite and most frequently used spices?