Sometimes, it’s not a question of which spices go with which foods – cooking can come down to finding spices to pair with each other. In this regard, not all spices are equal, with some being harder to pair than others.
Allspice is one such example of a complex spice, with flavors reminiscent of nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. Because of its complexity, you may not know which other spices to use with it. That’s what we’re here for!
Keep reading to find our list of spices that go with allspice.
1. Chili Powder
For some, too much sweetness can be sickening. If you’re the kind of person that dislikes one-dimensional sweets, a little spiciness like that which comes from chili powder is a bold move.
Allspice already has some cinnamon-y traces in it, which is why it’s so delicious in desserts. You can heighten those traces by adding some actual cinnamon to the mix.
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Clove is the classic spice for hearty sweets like pie. Mixing clove and allspice will result in a bold, sweet, and sophisticated taste that will add dimension to your cooking.
Want to create a taste that’s mature and multi-dimensional? Use some traditionally savory coriander with your allspice to balance its sweetness.
5. Garlic Powder
Garlic powder doesn’t deliver heat to the same extent that raw garlic does. However, it still has a powerfully spicy flavor that will round out the warmth in allspice.
Ginger is one pungent spice. Like garlic powder, it’s got a bit of heat, except with the addition of bright and zesty citrus tones. It will add some depth to the warmth of your allspice.
Nutmeg is a lot like allspice. It has a similar rich and bittersweet taste, which is precisely why the combo would work. The taste of nutmeg will take the warmth of allspice to a new level.
There’s something about sweet and smoky that makes a mouth-watering match. To give that smoky heat to your allspice, use a little paprika.
Check out our post about what paprika tastes like to learn more.
Pepper’s bright and spicy taste is ideal for allspice. As with chili powder, it will bring a lovely, faint touch of heat to the traditionally sweeter-flavored spice.
Thanks to its sage and peppery flavor, rosemary tends to be used in soulful, indulgent dinners. You could easily use it to balance any of the sweetness in allspice.
Thyme’s small leaves impart an oregano-like earthy flavor on your food. Its slightly minty tones will give your allspice just the slightest chill for increased complexity.
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