Last month while I was visiting Colorado, I had the privilege of dining at restaurant Kelly Liken in Vail. Focusing on seasonal American cuisine, this Top Chef season 7 contender wowed our taste buds with a delicious palate of flavors from tender roasted vegetables and sweetbreads to rabbit and potato-crusted trout. The table was constantly passing around its plates so that everyone could try each dish.
Everything at Kelly Liken was spectacular, but there was one course that blew my mind- and it was the palate cleanser! One bite of the juicy grapefruit granita topped with cardamom foam and my taste buds erupted into a standing ovation. So simple yet bursting at the seams with bright, awakening flavors.
Since this dinner, I have been dreaming about this flavor combination and curious about cardamom. Where can you get it? What can you use it in? Then my cousin called wanting to make Italian sodas- cardamom-grapefruit Italian sodas it was! I headed to Spiceology to see if they carried it and easily found a bottle (click here to read about it!).
Making simple syrup is, well, simple. Boil some water, dissolve in the sugar...
Want to know what else to do with cardamom? Check out these links:
- Blueberry Lemon Curd Coffee Cake from Good Life Eats with cardamom mixed into the streusel!
- Dark Chocolate and Cardamom Ice Cream from Epicurious- yes, please!
- It's not all about sweets- try Cardamom Honey Chicken from SimplyRecipes.com.
- Spicy Beef Curry from Bon Appétit would make a fabulous dinner.
Cardamom Simple Syrup
1 c sugar
1 c water
5-7 whole cardamom pods
1. Bring water to a boil.
2. Stir in sugar until it dissolves.
3. Remove from the heat and add cardamom pods. Let sit 30 minutes.
4. Remove pods and let syrup completely cool before using. Refrigerate for up to 3-6 months.
Cardamom-Grapefruit Italian Soda
1.5 oz cardamom syrup
1/2 c grapefruit juice
1. Combine syrup and juice over ice.
2. Top with splash of club soda.
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