French Spice Mix: Quatre Epices

published Oct 29, 2013
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Whether or not you cook French food, the classic quatre épices (“four spices”) is an excellent blend to have in your repertoire. As we head into colder weather, try using this rich, savory seasoning with gingerbread, stews, charcuterie, and more.

Despite its name, quatre épices may contain four or five (or more!) spices, most often white and/or black peppercorns, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Allspice or cinnamon may be included. The combination is reminiscent of gingerbread spices, but with a tingly kick from the pepper, making it perfect for savory dishes and quite interesting in desserts.

Along with herbes de Provence and

fines herbes

Look for quatre épices blends at spice shops or make your own. Recipes vary widely, so try this recipe from Gourmet and experiment with the proportions to your liking.