Saffron

(SAF ruhn) The dried, reddish orange, threadlike filaments, called stigmas, of a special variety of purple crocus. Saffron threads are used as a spice, and they impart a bright yellow color, bittersweet flavor, and exotic aroma.Because the delicate filaments must be carefully picked by hand, saffron is the world's most expensive spice. There are only three filaments per flower, and it takes at least 225,000 filaments to make a pound of saffron.

Recipes

  1. Saffron Pilaf with Grilled Vegetables

    Similar to paella, Spain's national dish, this sunny-color saffron rice dish bursts with flavor from grilled vegetables--instead of the traditional shrimp and meat.

  2. Coconut Cake with Saffron Cream

    Saffron's earthy yet sweet flavors make the spice versatile enough to work in both savory dishes and desserts. Here, Tyler Brown of Nashville's Hermitage Hotel uses saffron to flavor the pastry cream for his moist, airy take on coconut cake. Instead of making a classic round, Brown bakes the cake ...

  3. Saffron Fingerling Potato Salad with Mixed Greens and Tomatoes

    Michael Anthony (an F&W Best New Chef 2002) includes just a few coins of tender, saffron -flavored fingerling potatoes in his 50-ingredient warm vegetable salad. Grace Parisi reimagines those fingerlings for this light, fresh take on a potato salad, tossed with fennel, tomatoes and plenty of greens.

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Articles

  1. A Few Fall Favorites

    Mon, 22 Oct 2012

    pumpkin cozy for it. This creamy and delicious garlic and saffron soup with curried shrimp by my friend Aran Goyoaga in her gorgeous ..... celery root, and it was fantastic, despite the fact that my saffron didn’t quite pump out the same vivid color as Aran’s. (Those curried

  2. Five Things You Didn’t Know About Spices

    Mon, 24 Mar 2014

    title of the most expensive spice easily goes to saffron , with beautiful orangey-red threads that add so much flavor and aroma to a dish. Saffron is made from the stigma of the saffron crocus, a flower native to Greece and Southwest

  3. Cooking Up Romance: 10 Aphrodisiac Foods

    Sun, 9 Feb 2014

    up some sensual tastes. Sirloin with Red Wine Sauce is a masculine dish with a savory sauce; vegetables, cream, cheese, saffron , red wine and more come together in Silky Leek and Red Wine Soup for an enriching experience. And dress up sweet cantaloupe with

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Videos

  1. How to Make Ravioli

    Tue, 21 Feb 2012

    cookies or almond biscotti; dash ground nutmeg; dash of ground saffron ; a dash of ground cloves; dash of ground cinnamon; a dash ..... we're gonna add in our salt and all of these lovely spices, so saffron , which is one of the most expensive spice, but just gives

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    ground amaretti cookies or almond biscotti; dash ground nutmeg; dash of ground saffron ; a dash of ground cloves; dash of ground cinnamon; a dash of ground red pepper; 1 bay leaf; 2/3 cup of canned
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Food Blogs We Love

  1. Saffron Roasted Cauliflower

    Thu, 8 May 2014

    Food Nework Magazine (May 2014) Oh, saffron . As this month's Food Network Magazine says, you're "the diva of the spice cabinet." You're an absolute powerhouse

  2. Salmon in a Saffron Cream Sauce for Pass the Cook Book Club

    Thu, 27 Feb 2014

    I wanted recipes that made me think of New Orleans. Club members picked from Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya, Crawfish in a Saffron Cream Sauce, and a Bananas Foster Pie. No lie, I was really excited about all three (and the 42 other recipes I tabbed

  3. Carbonara with Saffron & Giveaway

    Wed, 8 Feb 2012

    1 1/2 cups chicken stock 1/4 teas saffron 3 tbs extra-virgin olive oil 1/3 lbs ..... saucepan, bring the chicken stock and saffron to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower ..... the skillet with the bacon. Pour in the saffron stock and toss; season with pepper. Turn off the

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