Whole Nutmeg has a flavour that is quite strong. In small amounts, it blends in with great subtlety. You will find it called for in many vegetable recipes such as squash, spinach, and sweet potato pie. French white sauces often call for a pinch. In addition to its uses in desserts, breads, and pound cake, nutmeg is often a good secret ingredient for stew, cream soup, sauces, preserves and meatballs.