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    "Mixed Spices"?

    Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:09 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Hi All,

    The Mr. and I visited a Mideastern grocery store the other day and bought a packet of ground spices that were labelled "Mixed Spices". We had asked the clerk for something that would be good with chicken. Unbeknownst to me, the clerk admitted to not cooking and simply nodded when my beloved pointed to the package. icon_lol.gif

    Anyway, we got the spices home and found that they smelled like cinnamon. I've also since learned that "Mixed Spices" is something similar to All Spice and is similar to the spices used in pumpkin pie.

    I do see some recipes out there calling for "mixed spices?. Does this sound right to any of you who are in the know when it comes to Mideastern cooking? If so, I'll continue down this path and use the spices in that way.

    Thank you!
    chef FIFI
    Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:52 pm Groupie
    I have seen it in the middle eastern grocers as well. My honest opinion is that mixed spices would probably contain.....allspice, cinnamon and perhaps nutmeg....those ingredients are very common in middle eastern dishes.
    They also can be used in dessert dishes such as pumpkin pies. However personal preferrences, I dont like to use those spices on my chicken...just an example of recipes where mixed spices might be paired well would be,

    Stuffed grape leaves
    stuffed cabbage(middle eastern style)
    Baked lamb
    makloobeh( rice, chicken and veggie dish)
    oozie or koozie

    just to name a few.
    Thu Sep 16, 2010 7:40 pm Groupie
    I also purchased that mix from a Middle Eastern store once. I found it to lack flavour but I think some people who don't know how to cook well or maybe the more blander tasting countries of the Middle East (I'm thinking Lebanon here) just add it in place of baharat which means mixed spice but if you search for a recipe for baharat on here it has many more spices than the one I purchased did. I think the mix I purchased had something like what Chef Fifi said is in it. Maybe the one I got was not fresh and that is the reason why it lacked taste as not all stores have fast turnover. But I ended up getting rid of it and making all my own spice mixes as they are way, way better.
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