Nutmeg ranks pretty high on my favorite spice to cook or bake with list. And not ground nutmeg either…there is nothing like freshly grated whole nutmeg, trust me on this. I remember my friend bringing me back a container of whole nutmeg from the Bahamas many years ago and I had absolutely no idea what it was or what to do with it. It wasn’t until I finally incorporated a microplane into my collection of kitchen gadgets did I finally grate my first pinch of nutmeg and learn that it is the ‘wow’ factor in so many dishes.
Our friends at the Daily Meal breaks down the history of nutmeg and how it’s harvested…these days most nutmeg comes from the islands of Indonesia and Grenada in the Caribbean. It’s best stored in a cool, dark place away from any kind of moisture that will affect most likely affect it’s shelf life as well flavor. Once grated, it should be used immediately for full impact of it’s pungent and characteristic spiced aroma.
Nutmeg is most commonly added to baked goods, especially around the holidays. But did you know that it is a perfect complement to savory cream-based recipes as well? If you’ve ever had a really good bechamel sauce or creamy spinach lasagna that you just couldn’t get enough of, you probably experienced the subtle “what is that?” flavor of freshly grated nutmeg.
If you love nutmeg like I do, here are a few recipes from Family Kitchen that you can experiment with to enjoy nutmeg even more:
Lightened Up Fettuchini Alfredo 1 of 10A classic restaurant meal lightened up and enjoyed in your own kitchen.
Make lightened up fettucini alfredo
Butternut Squash and Shrimp Pasta Bake 2 of 10A fantastic blend of ingredients and flavors make this pasta bake delicious.
Make butternut squash and shrimp pasta bake
Eggnog Cinnamon Scones 3 of 10Did someone say eggnog? I would love to wake up to these scones on Christmas morning.
Make eggnog cinnamon scones
Chewy Ginger Cookies 4 of 10Who doesn't love a wonderfully spiced ginger cookie?
Make chewy gingered cookies
Grown Up Macaroni & Cheese 5 of 10Learn how to make bechamel sauce at home and use it to turn macaroni and cheese into something special.
Make grown up macaroni and cheese
Homemade Eggnog 6 of 10Everyone's favorite holiday drink.
Make homemade eggnog
Spinach Gratin 7 of 10Creamy and delicious spinach gratin complemented perfectly by a pinch of nutmeg.
Make spinach gratin
Spinach and White Bean Soup 8 of 10This soup is not only delicious but oh so good for you!
Make spinach and white bean soup
Warm Spiced Milk 9 of 10Warm up your children's bellies before bed with a mug of this spiced warm drink.
Make warm spiced milk
Zucchini Bran Muffins 10 of 10Spiced zucchini muffins make a great after school (or anytime) snack!
Make zucchini bran muffins
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