Along with fallen leaves, autumn brings cooler temperatures that inspire us to spend more time in the kitchen. Whether it’s baking or preparing a hearty stew, you’ll need to have some fall spices on hand to liven up your dishes.
We have selected a few cooking spices that make a great addition to your fall pantry along with some ideas for how to use them. You’ll be surprised at how much you can do with these traditional spices.
8 Must-Have Fall Spices
Nutmeg and Mace
Nutmeg and mace typically make their way into cookies and pies. But they also make a great addition to soups, stews and sauteed greens, as in the case of this vegetarian spinach lasagna.
Use a microplane to grate whole nutmeg into your dishes or just sprinkle a bit of ground mace.
Perhaps the first spice that comes to mind when we think of fall, cinnamon is obviously great in sweets, but don’t overlook its versatility.
Along with cinnamon and star anise, it makes a great addition to poaching liquids for apples, pears or wine.
Powdered ginger is great for baking, but ginger root is wonderful in marinades and a slew of Indian and Asian dishes.
Whether chopped or grated, mix it with scallions and a dash of sesame oil to give a kick to meat marinades. You can also use the same ingredients to sautee shrimp. Mixed with yogurt and garlic, it makes a superb marinade for chicken.
A must have when poaching fruit or mulling wine, star anise is also great in meat dishes. Consider adding one star anise to braises or stews and taste the difference.
You can also try making pear and anise cupcakes or Pimms and star anise stewed fruit with amaretti biscuits.
Full of antioxidants and a great health booster, turmeric can be added to practically any savoury dish – whether vegetarian or meat-based.
Since the active ingredient in turmeric is fat soluble, add it at the beginning of the cooking process when preparing chili, soups or stews to really enjoy its health benefits.
Vanilla is a wonderful spice to use year round, especially during the fall and winter season. It is naturally warming and gives off a great aroma.