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.

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

    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

    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

  • Carrot Ginger-tini

    Carrot Ginger-tini

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • Garlic Hummus

    Garlic Hummus

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

6. Cookies Reimagined

Classic spiced cookie flavors take new form in decadent, imaginative desserts that redefine “milk and cookies.”

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

    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

    Osso Buco

    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

    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.