QUATRE EPICES

QUATRE EPICES (“four spices” in French, about 1/3 cup)

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3 tablespoons white peppercorns

1 whole nutmeg, crushed coarse

12 cloves

1 tablespoon ground ginger


1. In an electric spice or coffee grinder pulverize the white peppercorns, nutmeg, and cloves. Strain the mixture through a sieve into a bowl, add the ginger, and stir until the mixture is combined well. The quatre epices keeps in a tightly sealed jar in a cool dark place for up to 6 months. Use to season pates, sausages and sauces.

from The Best of Gourmet, 1989

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