Quatre Épices - French Four Spice Mix from the Auberge

5 mins (prep 5)
7 ingredients
60-75 servings
The literal translation of quatre épices is four spices; however, quatre épices rarely contains JUST four spices, but can have anything up to five or six spices in the mixture! This is my own version of quatre épices, a spice mixture that I find invaluable in the French kitchen, especially for charcuterie such as terrines, pates, sausages and rillettes. This spice mix is also that quintessential ingredient when added to deep, dark slow cooked beef and game dishes, especially when they contain wine. There is a school of thought that suggests the need for a "sweet" quatre épices spice mix as well a "savoury" quatre épices spice mix; I have never bothered to deviate from this basic recipe, which is equally delicious in savoury dishes (as mentioned above), and when used with moderation in sweet puddings, rich cakes and biscuits. My recipe contains five spices and will keep for a several weeks in an airtight tin or jar. This spice mix also makes a thoughtful gift for a foodie friend or host and hostess!

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Serving Size (2.69 g)
Servings 60
Amount per Serving
Calories 7.49 Calories from Fat 3.15
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.35g 32.01%
Saturated Fat 0.08g 24.49%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.57mg 11.49%
Sodium 14.5mg 36.25%
Total Carbohydrate 1.14g 22.83%
Dietary Fiber 0.19 g 45.22%
Sugars 0.32 g %
Protein 0.12g 14.82%
Vitamin A 21.89IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 5.31mg% Iron 0.15mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
whole nutmeg, ground ginger, allspice berry