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Cooking With Ouzo

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.

Ouzo with ice and water

Ouzo with ice and water

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.

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