Allspice combines the distinct flavours of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. It can be used in any recipe as a substitute for cloves where a milder flavour is desired. Allspice is used in Jamaican Jerk Spice Mix/Rub. Allspice is used in beetroot soup (Borsch) and Middle Eastern dishes such as Lamb Kibbeh and Moroccan Tagines. Allspice complements the flavours of bananas, mangoes, cherries, plums and pears in dessert recipes.
Uses and Ideas! ©
- Make a fennel and potato gratin - Sauté sliced onion with allspice - add sliced fennel and sliced peeled potatoes - season well - place in a gratin dish and just cover with a mix of half milk/cream. Slow Bake, top with grated gruyere and place under a griller until golden.
- Make a Jamaican Salsa to serve with barbecued chicken or fish - sauté garlic with allspice, add finely diced red onion, diced vine ripened tomatoes, diced mango, chilli (to taste), a splash of rum, virgin olive oil and freshly chopped coriander (cilantro) leaves.
- A pinch of allspice goes well of sautéed spinach leaves, sprinkled on grilled or slow roasted tomatoes, Spanish onions, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots and beetroot.