I love to watch cooking shows like Top Chef and Hell’s Kitchen. It is so cool to see people create these amazing dishes without much time to even think about what they will cook. These chefs count on their creativity and ability to put flavors together that will blend beautifully in a dish. I love to cook, but I have no idea how to create entrees, sides and desserts based on what flavor profiles work together. We were watching Hell’s Kitchen a few nights ago and I commented how incredible it is to see the chefs take an ingredient and know what flavor profiles will compliment it and bring out the flavors best. I told my husband I wished I could cook like that.
If you wish you knew what your flavor profile was and how to prepare meals based on that, I have great news for you! McCormick’s, the trusted name in flavor we have been using in our kitchens for more than 100 years has developed the FlavorPrint, a recipe ecommendation tool. By answering just a few questions about your likes and dislikes, your FlavorPrint profile will have you cooking like a pro in no time!
The new McCormick FlavorPrint offers personalized recipe suggestions which are tailored to your particular flavor profile. This tool will totally change the way you plan, shop, cook your meals. McCormick’s feels flavor is at the heart of each meal and their new FlavorPrint recommendations will help you find the flavors you love. Your FlavorPrint profile will generate recipes based on your personal profile and help you create dishes to make your mouth sing. It is free and very easy to set up your account and by answering a series of questions, will develop your FlavorPrint profile. These questions will help you find out what what your unique flavor “fingerprint” is through a series of 33 “spikes” which represent different flavors in your personal flavor profile. The bigger the spike, the more prominent the flavor.
After I answered my questions, it was determined my main spikes were Peppery, Salty and Chocolatey/Coffee. I was not too surprised as those are some of my favorite things to eat. I was given a ton of different recipes to choose from based on my profile. I wanted to find a meal that would be perfect for the summer, so I chose the Texas Style Sloppy Joes. This dish had just enough heat but also incorporated the peppery and salty flavors I love. The recipe was super easy to make and believe it or not, I already had the McCormick’s Sloppy Joe Seasoning Mix in my pantry!
Texas Style Sloppy Joes:
- 1 pound ground beef or turkey
- 1 packet McCormick's Sloppy Joe Seasoning Mix
- 1 can pinto beans
- 1 can tomato sauce
- ¼ cup ketchup
- 1 can chopped green chiles
- 8 hamburger rolls
- Brown ground beef in large skillet on medium-high heat. Drain fat.
- Stir in Seasoning Mix, pinto beans, tomato sauce, ketchup and chiles. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes.
- Serve in rolls. Or, place 3 tablespoons meat mixture along center of each warmed flour tortilla. Top with shredded cheese, if desired. Fold over edges of tortillas to serve.
Once I had the main course decided on, I went into my FlavorPrint dashboard and updated it based on how much I liked the dish I made. From there, I received more recommendations for other dishes which would go nicely with my main course. One of the dishes which popped up was the Summertime Slaw, which was perfect to go with my Texas Style Sloppy Joes. I loves the idea of the creamy and cold slaw paired with the hot and spicy sandwich. I already had the McCormick’s dry mustard in my panty, so all I needed to purchase from the grocery store was the Celery Seeds. I love the recipe called for low fat mayo so it fit perfectly into my healthy eating.
- 1 cup low fat mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1 tbsp. vinegar
- 1 tsp. McCormick Celery See
- 1 tsp. McCormick Mustard, ground
- 1 tsp. Lawry's Season Salt
- 1 package shredded coleslaw mix
- Mix mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, celery seed, ground mustard and seasoned salt in large bowl. Add coleslaw mix; toss to coat well. Cover.
- Refrigerate 2 hours or until ready to serve. Stir before serving.
Once I made this perfectly creamy and delicious coleslaw, I was ready to go back to my FlavorPrint dashboard to update it. After updating my profile, one of the recommendations was the super light and chocolatey Red Velvet Mousse with Vanilla Whipped Cream. I could not think of a better end to my summer time meal than this light and easy to make dessert. Again, I had most of what I needed as I had McCormick’s Vanilla extract in my pantry as well as red food coloring, confectioner’s and granulated sugars. I have never made mousse and I was a bit apprehensive if I could pull it off. Believe it or not, I was able to make a light, fluffy and amazing mousse which would please any palate!
Red Velvet Mousse Recipe:
- 4 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 2¼ cups heavy cream, divided
- 1 tablespoon McCormick® Red Food Color
- 1 tablespoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- Vanilla Whipped Cream:
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
- ½ teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
- Microwave chocolate in medium microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 minute; stir. Microwave additional 30 seconds at a time, stirring until chocolate is smooth and melted. Add ¼ cup cream; stir until smooth. Stir in food color and vanilla. Let stand 10 minutes to cool slightly.
- Beat 2 cups cream and granulated sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until stiff peaks form. Gently stir in ½ of the chocolate mixture with spatula until well blended. Gently stir in remaining chocolate mixture. Spoon into dessert dishes. Cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- For the Vanilla Whipped Cream, beat ½ cup cream, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla in medium bowl with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Serve on mousse.
I have had so much fun creating dishes based on my McCormick’s FlavorPrint profile. You can visit as often as you like and update your profile based on your likes and dislikes. If you make a dish you were not crazy about, tell your FlavorPrint profile and it will create dishes based on what you liked and take out suggestions which were similar to what you did not like. You can save your favorite recipes so they are right there when you want to make them. I did not even need to waste paper to print my recipes out as they are right there in my profile. My next dish I am going to make are the Lawry’s Tacos, and guess what?! I already have the Lawry’s® Taco Spices and Seasonings in my pantry!
What does your McCormick’s FlavorPrint profile say about you?