Ground Cloves have a strong, warm, pungent aroma & a sweet, fruity aromatic taste.
The warm, lingering flavour of cloves works well with both sweet & savoury dishes. Ground cloves are a key ingredient to Chinese Five Spice. Cloves complement the flavour of rich game, pork, gammon, beef & poultry dishes. It also combines well with apples, fruit cakes, salads, sweet potatoes & butternut squash. Add cloves to fruit based sauces such as apple sauce & chutneys. Spice up fruit compote by adding ground cloves.
Add clove powder, walnuts & raisins to your favourite stuffing recipe. Give Tofu some Indian inspired flavours, sauté some onions & garlic & add ground cloves & curry powder to the mix.
Since cloves have a very intense flavour, especially those that have been ground, care should be taken when deciding how much to use in a recipe so as to not overpower the flavours of the other ingredients.