China / Illicium verum
This pretty, star-shaped spice has an intensely sweet licorice taste and smell, offering a notable counter-point of flavor. It has many uses both alone and in combination. Star anise pairs beautifully with sweet potatoes and pumpkin, and offers a unique addition to caramelized onions. Just toss a small piece in the pan and it really brings out the 'beefiness' of the onions. Star anise is a key ingredient in Chinese Five Spice, and flavors the beef stock for the Vietnamese soup, pho.
Try with Seattle Honey Mustard Chicken, Cranberry Quince Paste, Mayan Cocoa Frozen Custard, Seattle Salmon Rub, Noon Chai, World Spice Chili Crunch, Curried Beef and Tendon with Turnip, Bebinca de Rabano (XO Daikon Cake), Chinese 5 Spice Fudge Pops, Golden Turmeric Granola with Barberries, Kala Masala Almond Cookies, Coconut Cashew Kala Masala, World Spice 25, Clarified Milk Punch, Spice Lore, Turmeric & Star Anise Pickles, Sultry Spiced Short Ribs, Marble Tea Egg, DIY Chai, Baked Quince, The Daily Grind, Down South Goat Biryani, Meatballs with Pumpkin & Spice Butter, and Sheng Jian Baozi with Chile Oil
1/2 cup is about 0.8 oz