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Quick answer needed - what would be the next best thing to allspice berries?

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MaybeAfterBreakfast Tue 28-Jul-09 13:24:30

Have started cooking a pork ribs recipe that requires allspice berries. We don't have any. What would do instead?

TheMoreItSnows Tue 28-Jul-09 13:46:39

Chinese five spice?

TheMoreItSnows Tue 28-Jul-09 13:47:06

Juniper berries, what else is in the recipe?

MaybeAfterBreakfast Tue 28-Jul-09 13:55:05

stage one they cook for hours with chopped spring onions, chicken stock and allspice berries.

stage 2 they're removed from the stock, smeared with a paste of chillies, garlic, ginger, limes, coriander, cinnamon, cloves, sugar, and more allspice berries (ground), and then roasted.

I'm at stage one. I threw in a star anise in the end - will that be a disaster? Has only been in the oven a few minutes. I could retrieve it and add something else.

GetOrfMoiLand Tue 28-Jul-09 13:55:25

Have you got any star anise and some cloves? Is so I would grind a star anise, a couple of cloves and some black peppercorns in a pestle and mortar and use instead of.

GetOrfMoiLand Tue 28-Jul-09 13:58:01

Cross posts. No, leave the star anise in. I'd throw a cinammon/cassia stick in as well for good measure.

One of my favourite recipes (for a curry incidentally) involves star anise, cloves and pepper ground together (other ingredients are poppy seeds and cumin incidentally), the flavour (and aroma) is delicious.

TheMoreItSnows Tue 28-Jul-09 13:59:58

No star anise will be fine, sounds delicious!
The chillies, garlic, ginger and lime etc will give you the real flavour, the allspice sounds like a 'nice to have' extra.

MaybeAfterBreakfast Tue 28-Jul-09 14:03:32

Brilliant, thank you. Will add cinnamon stick now.

GetOrfMoiLand Tue 28-Jul-09 14:05:52

I am very hungry now and jealous of the dinner you will have later grin

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