Aleppo chili pepper comes to us from northern Syria, near the town of Aleppo, which is considered one of the culinary meccas of the Mediterranean. It has a moderate heat level with some fruitiness and mild, cumin-like undertones, with a hint of a vinegar, salty taste. Use it for authentic chili flavor in any Middle Eastern or Mediterranean dish.
Aleppo chili offers a nice variation from your usual crushed red peppers. It has a very robust flavor that hits you in the back of your mouth, tickles your throat and dissipates quickly. Try this staff favorite in place of regular crushed red chilies on pizzas, salads, and pasta. Use when a recipe calls for Red Pepper Flakes or red Chili flakes.
Sprinkle on zucchini before grilling, on sliced tomatoes with a little salt & anywhere you put red pepper flakes…..Try it on Pizza YUM! And here is where I get mine. Newport Spice Company. http://newportspice.com/ This quaint shop I have blogged about before is the only place a Aquidnick Island to buy spices and they have a huge selection, along with refills so you can reuse your tins. Love that!! They do have ordering online so go check them out. You will also find when you go in there, not only a world of spices and rubs…..they have beautiful grinders in bright, bold colors. These are not your average “run of the mill” grinders they have a lifetime warrantee and are made by Vic Firth in collaboration with Mario Batali. Is there more you ask???? Why yes there is! There are beautiful Salt stones for cooking and serving, olive oils, extracts, preserved lemons, vinegars, gifts galore and the best part of all….The owner seems to always be there to assist you with a huge knowledge of everything spice, his personal books with inspiration and incredible recipe ideas. Being in Down Town Newport it is not all that common to find a friendly, personable and knowledged person working. There are some, but businesses come and go so often due to it being a seasonal town and the faces change all the time. To me it is comforting to go to a favorite store and be able to talk to someone and get suggestions, discuss successes and not just be sold.
Ok, OK, I Know blah, blah. But go check them out and TRY THAT ALEPPO PEPPER!!
24 Franklin Street Newport Rhode Island 02840