At some point, we realized that star anise pairs really well with tomatoes. It's licorice-y flavor actually bears a close resemblance to that of basil, tomato's classic companion. A single pod of star anise flavors a tomato-based sauce or stew with a warm, spicy undertone without overpowering the other flavors in the dish, adding a little 'je ne sais quoi' to your dish.
Give it a try next time you make these recipes!
Oh, just don't forget to discard the star anise pod before serving!
How do you use star anise in your cooking?
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