McCormick & Co. unveils its trend predictions for 2016.
Hot peppers pop when paired with mouth-puckering accents, such as Meyer lemon, rice vinegar, cranberry, ponzu and kumquats. Peruvian chilies with a splash of lime enliven spit-roasted chicken in an iconic South American dish.
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Make way for Malaysian and Filipino fare. These Southeast Asian spots specialize in distinctive dishes and vibrant ingredients. Pinoy pork barbecue, a popular street food in the Philippines, features a marinade of soy sauce, lemon, garlic, sugar, pepper and banana ketchup, a condiment made from mashed bananas, sugar, vinegar and spices. From Malaysia, Rendang curry is a mildly spicy paste made from chilies, lemongrass, garlic, ginger, tamarind, coriander and turmeric.
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So-called superfood ingredients like matcha, chia, flaxseed and turmeric may be matched with flavorful herbs and spices to create everyday dishes with a punch of nutrition. Citrus and ginger balance the bitterness of matcha green tea, flax finds a home in savory Mediterranean fare, and turmeric surprises in a sweet and spicy blend of cocoa, cinnamon and nutmeg. Chia seeds combined with lime, chile and garlic add zest and crunch to the crust of seared ahi tuna in a Niçoise salad.
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Protein-packed pulses, including dried peas, beans and lentils, add a hearty heft to soups, salads and more. Pigeon peas, typically paired with cumin and coconut, are a staple in Caribbean cuisine. Black beluga lentils may be enhanced with peaches and mustard as a show-stopping toast topper. In a meatless Spaghetti Bolognese, cranberry beans flavored with sage and an aromatic Spanish wine stand in as a satiating substitute for ground beef or pork.
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Old World ingredients and flavors are reinventing modern-day dishes. Ancient herbs, including thyme, peppermint, parsley, lavender and rosemary may be used in creative new ways. Mezcal, the centuries-old agave-based liquor from Mexico, lends bold and smoky notes to contemporary cocktails and marinades. Popped amaranth, an ancient grain with a nutty flavor, adds texture and nuttiness to indulgent dessert bars.
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Pickling, roasting and brûléed ingredients add depth and complexity to ordinary cocktails. Bourbon infused with vanilla and roasted peanut puts a toasty twist on an Old Fashioned.
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