Clean Out Your Spice Cabinet with These 8 Genius Recipes

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Photo by: Penny De Los Santos ©2011, Penny De Los Santos

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When you open up your cabinets, you probably have at least a few dozen spice bottles staring at you. How many of them do you really use? Instead of letting them collect dust, it's time for a spice purge, and we have the perfect recipes to do it.

FYI, spices last about six months once opened, although some brands claim you can keep them up to three years. Even though old bottles may not be spoiled, they lose flavor over time. So let's get to cooking with everything from Italian blends to that allspice you use only twice a year.

Allspice: Swedish Meatballs


You probably have allspice in your cabinet from baking during the holidays, but give it a walk on the savory side with Swedish meatballs. Even though the recipe only calls for only half a teaspoon, if you make a big batch, you can use up a lot.

Italian Seasoning: Meatball Sandwich

This meatball sandwich from food truck Mangia Mia is called The Smasher, and it will be a smashing success with your friends. Use up some seasoning in both the sauce and the meatballs.

Use up a few tablespoons of garlic powder in these flavorful wings. With both homemade Buffalo Sauce and Garlic Parmesan Seasoning, this recipe is a touchdown.

Smoked Paprika: Patatas Bravas Home Fries

Bobby Flay's killer brunch recipe for  Patatas Bravas Home Fries with Roasted Tomato Aioli could also be served for dinner alongside Braised Paprika Chicken for a double use of the spice.

Red Pepper Flakes: Spicy Roast Pork
Spicy Pork Roast with Rosemary Potatoes. Sunny Anderson
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Sunny Anderson's  spicy roast pork is the star of the show, but you could add some red pepper flakes to your green beans and potatoes, too.

Chili Powder: Turkey Chili
Susan Duff's signature chili prepared by her daughter Host Haylie Duff as seen on the Cooking Channel's Real Girl's Kitchen, Season 2.

Susan Duff's signature chili prepared by her daughter Host Haylie Duff as seen on the Cooking Channel's Real Girl's Kitchen, Season 2.

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Haylie Duff's Turkey Chili packs a punch of flavor from a mix of chili powder, paprika and cumin.

Make your own takeout food with  Spicy Cumin Lamb "Long Life" Noodles. If you want to pack in even more cumin flavor, you can substitute Ellie Krieger's Cumin Grilled Chicken Breasts for the lamb.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon Knots

Pizza dough is transformed into a tasty dessert with lots of cinnamon and sugar. Warning: Kelsey Nixon's bite-size Cinnamon Knots are addicting.

For even more ways to use spices, check out Haylie Duff's Mediterranean recipes on a new Real Girl's Kitchen on Saturday, June 20 at 1pm ET. Plus, find out in our Q&A what Roger Mooking thinks is the most-underutilized spice.

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