May 2004 Edition
Haute off the Grill

It's summertime, the season of baseball, ice cream and taking your cooking to the grill. All types of grilled food, from steaks to veggies, can bring the familiar smell of summer to the table.

Almost any meat, chicken or seafood dish can be adapted for the grill, and one of the most popular trends in the preparation of gourmet cuisine is to adapt culinary classics by using the grill. And, with the wide range of spices available to enhance your grilling efforts, grilling has indeed become mighty haute.

Today's foodservice trends include bold flavour, fusions and ethnic ingredients - and operators are stepping out of the box and getting creative with spices and herbs to keep up with the demand - and summertime grilling is no exception - you'll want to squeeze more flavour into every bite.

Get global with your grilling technique by combining Sysco Imperial/McCormickâ spices to create the flavours of contemporary cuisine from around the world. Pair pork or chicken with cumin, thyme and red pepper for a Latin inspired dish, or combine lemon grass, coconut milk, curry and black pepper to create a Thai sensation.

Serve up the Old World taste of Italy by using basil, rosemary, oregano, marjoram, thyme and plenty of garlic and onions. For Moroccan flair blend spices such as cinnamon, cumin, ginger, fennel, thyme and turmeric, and for Indian accents combine cardamom, black pepper, cumin, coriander and cloves to make Garam Masala, a unique blend of aromatic spices.

And when you need meal prep in a snap, try blends such as Sysco Imperial/McCormick Steak Spice Mix - it takes the guess work out of menu prep, and ensures you'll be serving up a deliciously flavourful steak in no time.

Whether your customers seek the exotic allure of regional cuisine trends - or are simply searching for the best grilled steak in town - Sysco Imperial/McCormick spices will allow you to treat patrons to a taste tour unlike any other. Light a fire and add spice to your grilling today with the "hautest" flavour trends the globe has to offer. ¨


Spices account for one-fourth of 1 percent of the cost of a recipe, but provide the majority of the flavour.