Warm and Spicy: 7 Savory Recipes with Cinnamon

We most often think of cinnamon as a sweet spice used to make such delicious treats as Pumpkin Rolls and Snickerdoodles. But it can also serve double duty in savory dishes. It adds a wonderful warm and spicy note to long-cooked braises and hearty soups, like the recipes we’ve rounded up here.

We’ve collected these cinnamon-infused recipes in our internet wanderings:

Roasted Acorn Squash with Cinnamon-Butter from Martha Stewart - This dish is really borderline sweet-savory!

Lamb Tagine with Prunes and Cinnamon from Gourmet - Cinnamon pulls together the rich flavor of lamb and the deep sweetness of the prunes.

Chicken Biriyani with Saigon Cinnamon from Saveur - The chicken and rice are cooked together in this dish, infusing both with incredible flavor.

Pork Noodle Soup with Cinnamon and Anise from Epicurious - This fragrant broth must make the house smell delicious.

Cinnamon Braised Short Ribs with Seasonal Vegetables from Food52 - Cinnamon and a dash of Grand Marnier compliment the intense richness of the short ribs.

Bolognese Meat Sauce from Simply Recipes - The cinnamon is super subtle in this classic dish, but really warms it up.

Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Asian Pork Shoulder from Real Simple - Cloves and coriander join the cinnamon in this dish for a sweet and smoky flavor.

And a few favorites from the Kitchn:

Simplest Lamb Stew
Chicken Stewed with Tomatoes, Cinnamon, and Preserved Lemon
Cinnamon-Spiked Tomatoes
Cous Cous Salad with Winter Squash and Cranberries

What are your favorite savory recipes with cinnamon?

Related: Cinnamon and Sugar: 6 Sweet Recipes for Weekend Treats

(Images: Martha Stewart and Romulo Yanes/Gourmet)