Ouzo, the national drink of Greece, is an anise flavored liqueur that packs a powerful punch behind a delightful licorice taste. Ouzo also brings a hint of that licorice taste, in a light and supporting role, to many recipes, adding a surprising freshness that enhances rather than overwhelms.
Ouzo has a strong taste and high alcohol content. Use it sparingly – by the teaspoon or tablespoon, not by the cup.
Suggested Uses for Ouzo
- Use ouzo to flambé dishes with sautéd shrimp, prawns, or crawfish with vegetables.
- Add a couple of tablespoons to marinades for grilled shellfish or meats.
- Add a teaspoon to vinaigrette dressings.
- Use ouzo to sauté onions for use in pitas, salads, or as a side dish with meats.
- In recipes calling for fennel or fennelseed, try using ouzo instead.
- Use ouzo in crust recipes to add light leavening and crispness.