Ah, cinnamon — one of my favorite spices. Perhaps THE favorite. When I first started cooking and baking, I used to think it was just for apple pies and the occasional oatmeal raisin cookie. A little bottle of Cinnamon just sat in my spice cabinet, waiting for its moment to shine. I never knew what to do with cinnamon or how to cook with it. Then, about six or seven years ago, my sister-in-law bought me Indian Home Cooking: A Fresh Introduction to Indian Food, with More Than 150 Recipes by Suvir Saran. The recipes in the book opened my eyes to new uses for cinnamon, in particular cooking with cinnamon in savory dishes.
For experienced cooks and novices alike, cinnamon is an essential spice. It’s a spice that works well in savory and sweet dishes, main courses or desserts, foods or drinks.
In Morocco, cinnamon is one of the most frequently spices and is used for lamb, chicken, fish, salads, soups and desserts. Cinnamon gives a depth of flavor to savory dishes and warms the palate. I think of it as a cozy spice. If you haven’t picked up the cinnamon in your spice cabinet for a while, I’d encourage you to give it a try.
Add a teaspoon of cinnamon to stews and chilis to give then an extra warmth and depth.
Add a teaspoon cinnamon to spice rubs for steaks, chicken, pork, ribs, or lamb to give the dish an extra kick without adding heat.
Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon on top to add sweetness without adding sugar or honey. I love adding it to my oatmeal in the mornings.
A little bit of cinnamon goes a long way, usually just a ½ – 1 teaspoon is enough!
Cinnamon is great in beverages too, I mean it’s hard to beat a Hot Toddy, but I’m tempted to try this cinnamon water.
These days, I start every day with a little sprinkle of cinnamon on my oatmeal and if I’m in the mood, a dash in my morning coffee.
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For more cinnamon-y ideas, check out my Pinterest collection of cinnamon recipes! What is your favorite cinnamon recipe? Share yours in the comments below & I’ll add it to my cinnamon Pinterest collection!