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Last Published: 05/16/2018

Spices and Condiments that Span the Globe

Move over, Mexican cuisine! Ethnic spices, sauces and condiments from around the world are taking the culinary scene by storm. 

 

 Among the most popular are African and Portuguese sauces like harissa (a paste made of chili peppers, garlic, olive oil and spices) and peri peri (a hot chili pepper sauce flavored with onions, garlic and spices). A spice blend that is catching on is shichimi from Japan, mainly made with chili peppers and dried ginger. When it comes to condiments, looking to sources of inspiration like Argentina and the Middle East will propel flavorful, on-trend dining experiences for consumers. Argentinian chimichurri (a relish similar to pesto sauce but made with parsley, oregano, etc.) and Yemenite zhug (a cilantro-chili-cardamom hot sauce) are just two of the condiments that are projected to spice up plates and palates – and both are perfect for serving with falafel or on sandwiches!

Here are sme ideas to bring the spice to your operation!

  • Homemade chimichurri is made by blending simple ingredients like garlic, parsley, oregano and cilantro together in a blender until a thick sauce forms. Find a chimichurri recipe that you can easily prepare, then top grilled steak or garlic bread with this flavorful spread.

  • Consider demographics; if you don’t want to venture too far outside customers’ comfort zones, slowly introduce a spice that resonates well for your consumer base. For example, if there is a dense Latino population in your area, consider adding must-have Latin spices like chipotle powder, cumin or paprika to your condiments, like a cumin-paprika hot sauce for chicken or smoked paprika and cumin ketchup paired with French fries.

  • After baking house-made chips, top them with flavorful spices like paprika and cayenne pepper in the same way you would season them with regular sea salt. This makes for a delicious grab-and-go snack.

  • Consider creating internationally-themed tasting boards that include food and spices from around the world. This is a great way for patrons to try new spices and flavors in a variety of formats. For example, a Greek tasting board might include vegetables paired with tahini paste, which is made with roasted sesame seeds and vegetable oil, and Greek-style meatballs (soutzoukakia) made with ground cumin, ground pepper, garlic and cinnamon.

Entegra Procurement Services regularly publishes blog posts on food trends and innovations in food services. Entegra is more than a group purchasing organization (GPO): Our team of procurement specialists implement strategic sourcing to bring the most value to your business. We help our clients, in many segments ranging from the healthcare supply chain to restaurant supply, to cut costs and consolidate their portfolios.

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