Flavor Forecast 2015
8 Flavor Trends to Watch
Now in its 15th year, the McCormick® Flavor Forecast® is on the forefront of identifying top trends, insights and ingredients driving the future of flavor. Created by a global team of McCormick experts—including chefs, culinary professionals, trend trackers and food technologists—the Flavor Forecast inspires culinary exploration and innovation around the world for years to come.
1. Global Blends On the Move
Shawarma Spice Blend – A Middle Eastern street food favorite made with cumin, cinnamon, black pepper and more. Japanese 7 Spice (Shichimi Togarashi) – A pungent combination of chilies, sesame, orange zest, nori and more.
Shawarma Spice Blend
Use this favorite Middle Eastern street food flavor, made with cumin, cinnamon, black pepper and more, on chicken, beef and lamb before grilling or roasting. Also great in spiced sweet treats like cake and cookies.
Japanese 7 Spice Blend Shichimi Togarashi
Spicy Japanese seasoning blend, also known as Shichimi Togarashi, includes chilies, sesame, orange peel, nori and more, is used to flavor soups, noodles dishes, grilled meats and seafood.
Chicken Shawarma Wrap with Cucumber Radish Relish
This shawarma wrap is a flavorful take on a popular street food served in the Middle East and Europe. It features sliced marinated chicken, creamy tahini yogurt and a cucumber radish relish.
Spiced Date Cake with Caramel Sauce and Vanilla Whipped Cream
This cake is flavored with a Middle Eastern spice blend, Shawarma, which contains warm, aromatic spices like allspice, coriander, cinnamon and ginger.
Teriyaki Togarashi Marinated Beef Skewers with Pickled Salad
Grilled meat skewers, or yakitori, are a popular street and bar food in Japan. For this recipe, beef is marinated and glazed with a mixture of mirin, soy sauce, sake, sugar and Japanese 7 Spice Blend. A pickled Brussels sprouts salad adds crunch and bright flavor.
Japanese 7 Spice Cod with Miso Butternut Squash and Bok Choy
White miso, sake and Japanese 7 Spice, also known as Shichimi Togarashi, create a classic marinade for flaky cod.
2. Liquid Revolution
Fresh purees and juices blend with bold spices and herbs to intensify sauces, pasta, dressings and more ̶ providing a fun, delicious way to enjoy an extra serving of fruits and veggies.
Spiced Shrimp with Roasted Corn Puree, Plum Sauce and Farro Salad
A duo of fruit and veggie pureed sauces complements ancho-spiced shrimp and a farro salad in this fresh and colorful recipe. The vegetable puree is made from roasted corn, carrots and chicken stock, while the savory fruit puree features sour apple, plum and oregano.
Kale, Bacon and Pistachio Pasta
In this fresh pasta sauce, kale, avocado and pistachios are pureed with chicken stock, garlic and Italian Seasoning for an easy dish that is high in nutrients and packed with flavor
Fresh carrot juice and ginger lend vibrant color and warm flavor to this innovative martini cocktail.
3. Middle Eastern Mezze
These distinctive dips and spreads, packed with zesty herbs and seasonings, offer an approachable and delicious introduction to a vibrant global cuisine.
Garlic Pepper Labneh
Enjoy labneh, a thick, tangy Middle Eastern yogurt, seasoned simply with crushed red pepper, black pepper and garlic, then topped with some herbs and a drizzle of good olive oil.
Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Spread
This dip of roasted bell peppers and tomatoes is richly seasoned with paprika, cumin, garlic and red pepper.
Cumin and Coriander Marinated Olives
These spiced marinated olives pair great with an assortment of cheeses, dips, hummus and pita bread.
Roasted Beet & White Bean Dip
Hummus and bean dips are mainstays in mezze, the casual appetizer course that begins many Middle Eastern meals. This vibrant take features roasted beets, creamy white beans, tahini, cumin and garlic. Serve with pita bread.
Keep chickpeas in your pantry for impromptu entertaining. You can easily prepare hummus, a Middle Eastern chickpea dip.
4. Sour + Salt
Combining coarse salt with surprising sours like pickled ginger, sour cherry, dried mango and lemon zest results in a lively finishing flavor that lends brightness and texture to dishes.
Mango Curry Lime Salt
Sprinkle this delicious mixture of coarse sea salt, curry powder, dried mango, red pepper and lime peel to add brightness and texture to vegetables, chicken, shrimp, rice and more before serving.
Pickled Ginger, Green Tea and Chile Sea Salt
Make sea salt into the ultimate Asian finishing flavor by adding pickled ginger, rice wine vinegar, green tea leaves and crushed red pepper.
Sour Cherry Bacon and Thyme Salt
Chefs use sea salt to add flavor, texture and color to a dish. Take sea salt to the next level by adding dried sour cherries, cider vinegar, thyme and smoky bacon.
5. Smoked Spices
Smoking spices and herbs deepens their flavor and aroma, adding richness to meals and drinks.
Smoky-Sweet Pickles with Strawberries
Smoked spices take pickles to a whole new flavor level, lending a smoky note to the pickling liquid. In this recipe, curry powder and spices smoked on the stovetop make for unforgettable cucumber and strawberry pickles.
Deviled Eggs with Smoked Creole Mustard
Add a smoky flavor to classic deviled eggs. Smoke Creole mustard, garlic powder and sea salt before mixing with egg yolks and mayonnaise. Smoking the mustard and spices can be done right on the stovetop!
Peachy Bourbon with Smoked Cinnamon Bitters
Homemade smoked cinnamon bitters add a warm, spicy flavor to peach schnapps, lemon and bourbon in this Southern-inspired cocktail.
7. Flavor Worth the Wait!
Lift the lid to discover the rich flavors from recipes around the world that meld aromatic spices and comforting ingredients into mouthwatering slow-cooked meals.
Spiced Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemon & Olives
"Tagine” refers to both the Moroccan braised dish and the traditional vessel it’s prepared in. If you don’t own a tagine, you can use a Dutch oven to slow cook the chicken and vegetables with fragrant spices, preserved lemon and green olives.
Osso Buco or "hole of bone" is a traditional Italian dish of braised veal shanks and chopped carrots, onion and celery. The marrow in the bone gives rich flavor to the sauce.
Slow Cooker Asian-Style Sour Beef Short Ribs
Asian fusion describes this slow cooker recipe. The inspiration is Sauerbraten or sour beef. The Asian twist comes from the use of short ribs, rice vinegar, soy sauce and bok choy.
8. Umami Veggies
For a fresh way to savor the tempting “fifth taste,” look no further than naturally umami-rich veggies like mushrooms, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and nori.
Umami Vegetable Sauté with Tarragon & White Wine
Umami flavor is found naturally in tomatoes, mushrooms, carrots, asparagus and celery. Whip up this quick veggie sauté as a fresh way to savor the “fifth taste.”
Asian Steak Tacos with Spicy Mushroom Salsa
Cat Cora fuses Asian flavors to the Southwestern taco by marinating skirt steak in a honey-soy marinade. Serve with a mushroom salsa with toasted sesame and cilantro.
Mediterranean Pasta with Fire Roasted Tomatoes
Serve flavorful roasted tomatoes on pasta. Or, use tomatoes as a topping for pizza or bruschetta, or include in an antipasto platter.