263 Things To Do With Cinnamon, Part II

Continuing from 263 Things To Do With Cinnamon, Part I, here’s a whole new batch of ideas for savory dishes, all kinds of beverages, and non-food uses. Many thanks to all of you who contributed these wonderful ideas; I hope you find the list as inspiring as I do!

MEAT

- In Morroccan lamb stews, such as lamb and prune tagine, or lamb and apricot tagine, or lamb and sweet potato tagine
- In Indian curries, particularly in lamb vindaloo and chicken curry
- In lamb pilaf
- In lamb kebabs
- In sheikh al mehshi (stuffed eggplant)
- In Moroccan roast chicken, stuffed with couscous mixed with whole almonds, garlic, sultanas, butter and cinnamon, and smeared with paprika and olive oil. Once cooked, a sauce is made with the pan juices, lemon juice, tomato puree and honey. This can also be done with quails.
- Tomato-based chicken chili with cinnamon and cacao
- In chicken or pigeon pastilla
- Mix in equal parts with smoked paprika, and dust on chicken before roasting; alternatively, mince a clove or two of garlic and spread on the skin, then dust with cinnamon and coarse salt. Makes a delicious, beautiful coating, brown and savory.
- On jerk chicken
- In chicken noodle soup
- In turkey meatballs
- Add cinnamon and fresh ginger when cooking chicken broth
- In chili con carne, Cincinnati-style
- In moussaka
- In beef stew with root vegetables
- In homemade burek: spice up ground beef and chopped onions in a frying pan with salt, pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Spread the meat very thinly between filo layers in a well-oiled oven dish, score the filo dough layers and soak with a mixture of sour cream and sparkling water. Bake in the oven.
- Add to meatloaf
- In Mexico’s national dish, chiles en nogada (poblano peppers stuffed with a mixture of sautéed ground beef and dried fruits, all covered in fresh walnut sauce and sprinkled with pomegranate seeds)
- In pastitsio
- Braised hare with chocolate sauce and pieces of cinnamon
- With venison
- In a marinade or rub for pork
- In soy sauce-braised pork knuckles or tongues
- Grilled pork ribs served with cinnamon stewed quinces
- Cinnamon spiced ribs
- Add cinnamon sticks when cooking pulled pork with Coca-Cola

VEGETARIAN

- Eggplants sautéed with a little soy sauce and some cinnamon
- In eggplant caviar
- In an eggplant, potato, and chickpea mole
- In sheik mahshi (Lebanese/Syrian dish of vegetarian stuffed eggplant)
- In imam bayildi (Turkish braised and stuffed eggplant)
- On roasted winter squash and sweet potatoes
- Add to unsweetened whipped cream floated on silken, buttery, savory pumpkin soup
- On roasted cabbage and roasted cauliflower
- With spinach, especially spinach lasagna
- On slow-roasted tomatoes
- In a butternut, carrot, and apple soup
- In a potimarron soup (red kuri squash; combine cinnamon with the onions as you cook them in oil)
- In carrot soup
- In a salad of carrots, orange segments, with a little bit of oil, orange juice, cilantro, salt, and cinnamon
- In paneer masala
- In vegan chilli
- In sodhi, a Srilankan coconut milk curry spiced with cinnamon sticks and fennel seeds
- In the batter for fried artichokes
- In kugel

RICE AND GRAINS

- Add to rice pilaf: toast cumin and coriander in a skillet, add a little olive oil, basmati rice, a bit of sugar, salt, pepper, and freshly grated cinnamon. Add water, bring to a simmer, then cover and cook gently. Delicious with lentils, fried onions, and a spiced tomato sauce with garlic and cumin.
- Add a whole stick to a pot of rice
- In couscous
- In bisi bell baath, a South Indian rice and lentil dish that has a lovely combination of warm spices, vegetables, and ghee

SAUCES

- Substitute cinnamon for nutmeg in bechamel sauce
- Add to roasted tomato sauce
- Add to any pasta sauce; it will transform a store-bought sauce in particular
- In homemade enchilada sauce, with cayenne and chili powder
- In a chocolate mole sauce
- In sauce Bolognese
- Add to tomato sauce for meatballs
- In barbecue sauce

SPICE RUBS

- Include in homemade ras el hanout spice mix for vegetable and meat stews
- Make a cinnamon chili rub with chipotle peppers and other savory spices for chicken or pork chops
- Cinnamon and coffee (and, optionally, cocoa) make a great dry rub for steak

COFFEE

- Grind the cinnamon right in with the coffee beans, or put cinnamon in with the coffee grounds before brewing or French-pressing
- Sprinkle grated cinnamon on a latte
- Add to slushy latte
- Put a cinnamon stick in espresso for Expresso Cubano
- In cold-brewed coffee
- Combine good coffee with good honey and fresh cinnamon: good for sore throat and cold weather
- In café au lait
- Café de olla: simmer a stick with coffee, cloves, piloncillo and a little orange peel

HOT CHOCOLATE

- In a cup of hot chocolate, especially one made with coconut milk or soy milk
- Sprinkle on the whipped cream to top hot chocolate
- In hot chocolate made with raw cacao and honey
- In homemade Mexican hot chocolate
- In hot chocolate with chili powder, star anise, cayenne and/or chipotle

HOT BEVERAGES

- To top off a hot cup of chai
- Mulled apple cider (a couple of cloves, a length of cinnamon stick and a pinch or so of allspice boiled up with good-quality cloudy apple juice); use cinnamon sticks like stirrers in the mugs
- Make cinnamon tea with cinnamon sticks
- Homemade vanilla and cinnamon tea
- Add to a ginger yerba mate blend
- In turmeric and honey tea
- Warm almond milk with vanilla and cinnamon
- A cup of hot water with fresh lemon juice, cayenne pepper, tumeric, and cinnamon
- In chamomille tea
- Mixed with honey and stirred into a steaming cup of Darjeeling tea to heal a sore throat
- Boil with ginger and lemon to nurse a cold

COLD BEVERAGES

- In homemade soymilk, along with a dash of mace and cardamom
- In homemade almond milk, with stevia, a little salt, and vanilla extract
- In horchata
- In llet merengada, a typical drink in Catalonia: milk boiled with lemon peel, cinnamon and sugar, then chilled and powered with more cinnamon
- On freshly juiced apples and carrots
- In fresh fruit smoothies
- In green smoothies
- In agua fresca de platano (banana water)
- Cinnamon iced tea

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

- In vin chaud / mulled wine / glogg
- Grate over fall cocktails, or use a simple cinnamon syrup
- Drop in a bottle of vodka to steep
- In homemade sangria
- Mix some rum, some milk, a dash of brown sugar, and a dash of cinnamon — warms you up in the winter
- Add a broken cinnamon stick to a pot of apple cider, along with cloves and star anise, and top off with spiced rum

OTHER TIPS

- Chew right on a cinnamon stick for a burst of flavor
- Put a stick or two in the sugar jar
- Roast whole sticks of cinnamon then crush them in a mortar and pestle before using

NON-FOOD USES

- Cut off ant trails with ground cinnamon
- Throw some cinnamon sticks along with other spices and a cut-up orange in a pan of water, and leave on a low simmer to make the house smell lovely and welcoming
- Use as a cure according to tradional Chinese medicine
- Leave a stick in the car as an air freshener
- Put a few sticks in almond oil: perfect for giving warming massages

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  • http://www.sensualappealblog.com Kammie @ Sensual Appeal

    Ohh yes… I do love me cinnamon <3 I love it in coffee and hot cocoa too :)

  • http://www.joeinvegas.blogspot.com/ joeinvegas

    It’s my favorite spice, and I use it in almost everything. Daily it’s a shake into the coffee grounds when making my morning cup.

  • Posie

    Yet another wonderful list of ideas – thanks so much for all this inspiration Clotilde! I’m particularly drawn to the combination of chocolate and cinnamon, and honey and cinnamon, especially as prevention for colds. And I love the idea of cinnamon with couscous – we usually add toasted pine nuts, and dairy free butter for creaminess to couscous, which works really well but I think the further addition of cinnamon would be a lovely enhancement.

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

      Love that idea too! Let me know if you try it.

      • Posie

        We tried it! And it was indeed a lovely addition, adding a very subtle yet distinctive flavour. We ate the couscous with a Moroccan stew so the cinnamon married very well with the dish. (I should also mention that we usually add a pinch of Maldon salt, along with the dairy free butter and toasted pine nuts). All in all, a beautiful meal and thanks again Clotilde for the “cinnamon inspiration”!

        • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

          I’m so pleased Posie, thank you for reporting back!

  • http://whimsicalallure.com Lindsey D

    I never thought of putting cinnamon in my coffee grounds before brewing! Great idea. Maybe I’ll try a little nutmeg too!

  • http://www.thecarboholic.com CAH

    Love this list. Cinnamon is tied with garlic as my favorite flavoring for food.

    Half of my family is Greek, and I learned very young to put a pinch of cinnamon in most savory meat dishes. I of course found the idea frightening but it explained why my mother’s beef and lamb was just a touch above what I was served at friends’ houses.

    My mother’s stuffed peppers were a favorite of everyone who tried them–stuffed with just ground sirloin, rice, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and a pinch each of oregano and cinnamon. So simple but intensely flavorful, and comforting beyond words. That was my birthday dinner every year.

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

      Thanks for the great suggestions! Funny, before I compiled this list, I wasn’t aware that cinnamon played such an important role in Greek cuisine.

  • msue

    A nearby bakery makes a tasty sandwich bread that is dense, with lots of seeds and other texture-giving grains. The other day it dawned on me that they add cinnamon. I caught just a brief taste of it when I toasted a slice for breakfast. While the bread definitely falls in the savory range of flavors, the added cinnamon adds depth without being overpowering.

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

      I can imagine how lovely that bread must be — very original!

  • http://goldendreamland.blogspot.com Golden

    Cinnamon is one of my favorite spices – I put it in everything I can, and am always looking for others things to incorporate it in… Thanks for this list!

  • CinnamonLover

    Thank you so much! I love this list and have been trying recipes out! Two additions are:
    1. Adding cinnamon to salep (a thick and creamy Turkish tea made out of ground orchid root)
    2. Persian Apricot Lamb
    Heat olive oil in a heavy pan and fry an onion. Add a pound of cubed lamb and brown on all sides. Mix in 1/2 tsp each of cinnamon and turmeric, season with salt & pepper. Add in 2.5 tbsp golden raisins and 4 oz apricots. Add water to cover and simmer over a low heat ~1 1/2 hours or until meat is very tender. Texture should be thick, but pourable.

    Serve with long-grain Basmati rice garnished with fresh herbs.

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

      Thank you for adding these wonderful ideas! I want to try your Persian apricot lamb stew. What cut do you typically use for this?

  • http://www.simplysharis.com/ Shari @ Simply Shari’s Gluten Free

    Wow, that Moroccan stew sounds amazing. Thanks for all of the wonderful ideas. I love cinnamon!

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

      Glad to be of service and inspiration, thank you Shari!

  • http://perfectspain.com AJS

    Do not use cinnamon enough. Thanks for some great ideas.

    A revelation for me was making a simple eggplant caponata with anchovies, cinnamon and cocoa powder. Takes it to another level.

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

      My sentiment exactly — I didn’t use cinnamon enough before this list. And I love your caponata idea, thank you!

  • http://paleohackscookbook.com Lucy

    I love cinnamon and youve given me a lot of great ideas here.

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

      So glad you find it helpful, Lucy!

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