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Tips for Exploring Exotic Flavors

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Expanding your pallet can be an exciting experience. There’s an endless selection of flavors out there that you have yet to even experience.

One of the best ways to do just that is to start small and incorporate new and exotic flavors into your everyday recipes. New spices, exotic recipes, and interesting cooking methods are great ways to take your palette to new levels.

Here we’ll delve into a few tips for exploring exotic flavors:

Start Small

You don’t want to dive head-first into new flavors. It’s best to start small. Instead of sticking with your traditional pasta dish you order at your favorite restaurant once a week, go to new places. Try out that new restaurant that just opened. Order the fish instead of chicken.

It’s all about being open to the possibilities. And that starts with stepping outside of your comfort zone. Starting small is the key to opening new doors.

Seek Out Trendy Recipes

It’s 2019 and that means there are endless trendy recipes out there. With every year comes a new food trend and it’s time to start exploring those trends. Trendy foods oftentimes incorporate exotic flavors that have yet to be explored to their full potential.

Try out a few trendy recipes to see how far you can push your palette. Looking online for a few up-and-coming recipes and flavor combos. Chances are you’ll stumble upon a few blogs featuring flavors that make your mouth water.

Lean on Exotic Yet Familiar Spices

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If this is all still a little overwhelming for you, you can always lean on familiar dishes. For example, chili is a great way to expand your palette without traveling too far from comfort. You can easily turn a well-loved pot of chili into a Peruvian chili recipe. New spices and just a few tweaks can make a traditional recipe into an international recipe.  

You can also try incorporating international spices into your dishes. Cumin, paprika, curry powder, garam masala, turmeric and fennel are just a few spices that can be easily used with chicken for a more exotic flavor.  Your options are endless!

Try Out Different Cooking Methods

New flavors aren’t just about new spices. You’d be surprised as to how much influence a new cooking method can have on the end flavor of your dishes.

This is especially relevant when cooking meat. When cooking meat, high-heat cooking methods bring our unexpected flavors. Pan-searing, broiling, and grilling are great ways to bring out exotic and fresh flavors within meats.

When it comes to veggies, caramelizing onions is always a great way to add a sweetness your dish. Grilling or roasting veggies before popping them in the oven will bring out a nice smoky yet sweet flavor.

In the end, all you need to do to start enjoying exotic flavors is to be open to the idea of it. Try out a few of these tips in your meal prep for this week and you’ll be on your way in no time!

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