When Kristin Greene posted on the Hotline about a fresh stash of star anise pods and asked what to make with them, so many community members shared ideas for how to bring the spice to life—in sweet dishes, savory dishes, meats, sorbets. Whether you have a wealth of star anise pods or you've never cooked with them before, take a couple of cues from our community:
Simmer a pod or two in some milk and sweeten it with a bit of honey—it's a cozy drink for cold days.
Cav had a wealth of ideas: Toss a pod or two into the base for lemon sorbet (or grapefruit granita, says SandraJ), in the liquid for poaching fish, in the broth you boil roots (like parsnips) in for a mash, into a pile of caramelizing onions.
Include it with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and other spices in a batch of chai.
Or skip straight to mulled wine, which welcomes anise (and other spices).