Happy Sunday, everyone! Yesterday, we kicked off our new ongoing spice party, Party Thyme. I’ve got a lot of fun planned for you this June. To learn more about what all is going on, go HERE (a lot of fun including a chance to win July’s spices!). A segment of Party Thyme is a new Sunday series, “Spices 101”.
The first four Sundays of every month, I will be sharing some information with you about one of the four spices being featured that month. Are you ready to learn about today’s spice? Here we go!
Aleppo Pepper, Crushed
Aleppo Pepper (also known as Halaby Pepper) originates from the Aleppo region of Syria. For those of you who have a jar of “crushed red pepper flakes” in your spice cabinet, you will find yourself reaching for the Aleppo pepper instead. Why? Aleppo is a spice that adds more than just heat, like the crushed red pepper flakes you often times see at your neighborhood pizzeria, aleppo pepper is much more complex in taste. Aleppo has a milder heat with some fruity, tart, smokey and almost cumin-y undertones. Also, unlike red pepper flakes, crushed aleppo pepper does not contain the seeds and is a bit oily and salty (due to salt being used during the processing of aleppo pepper).
How to use Aleppo Pepper
Aleppo pepper is a great stand alone spice however it does go nicely with cinnamon, cumin, and corriander. It is a great addition to tomato based dishes along with meats. If you use it in vegetables, use a lighter hand since the heat can be a bit overpowering. It’s complex flavors work well in both sweet and savory recipes. It’s beautiful color and chunky texture also make it a great spice to sprinkle on potatoes, chicken/tuna salads, or deviled eggs.
Trust me, you’ll LOVE aleppo pepper….you’ll find yourself reaching for this spice long before your jar of red pepper flakes! If you don’t have any in your pantry, order some today by going HERE.
Next week’s spice in the series is thyme. In the meantime, don’t forget to stop by for Party Thyme’s grilling inspirations! (Go HERE to learn more about June’s party and how you can win July’s featured spices).