ALEPPO PEPPER Chile Flakes

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Fruity Aleppo pepper flakes have a tangy flavor and moderate heat, with notes of raisin and sun-dried tomatoes, making them an excellent choice anywhere chile pepper flakes are called for.

 

This quintessential sun-dried, intensely merlot-ruby-red colored, large-flaked, seeded pepper comes from a burgundy chile also known as the Ḥalabī pepper (فلفل حلبي‎) and bears the name of its ancient city —Aleppo— in the semi-arid north Syrian Plateau, home to one of the world’s most distinguished and vibrant cuisines. Surrounded by fertile lands and located along what was once the Silk RoadAleppo was a food capital long before Paris, Rome, or New York.

 

  What does Aleppo pepper taste like?

Aleppo pepper’s crushed red flakes has a fruity, yet earthy, warm flavor similar to the ancho chile. The taste is summer sweet and savory, with notes of raisin, pomegranate, and even sun-dried tomatoes, and mild, cumin-like undertones. 

It is only moderately hot, has mild “chilliness” (partly because the seeds have been removed, partly because the chilli itself is milder than many), with a warm, melting texture.  It has a very robust, inherently smoky faintly smoky flavor that hits you in the back of your mouth, tickles your throat and dissipates quickly—is the perfect kiss of heat that recipes like tomato sauce require.

Aleppo pepper, the signature Syrian spice, is widely used in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, used in cooking or as a condiment at the table, where it eclipse other crushed red pepper flakes as a go-to flavor base that adds complexity, brightness and depth to any recipe.  It adds that bit of “wow” to a wide array of dishes—and yes, it’s as delicious as it sounds.

 

How to enjoy Aleppo pepper flakes? ....So many ways!..

  • To add a more nuanced kick of spiciness to dishes than red pepper flakes can offer, give Aleppo pepper a try.
  • A little sprinkle of the deep red, mild chile flakes will bring out the flavor of everything on your plate, from roasted tofu and grilled clams to basic microwave popcorn.
  • Aleppo pepper’s flakes can be sprinkled on salads, potatoes, and deviled eggs.
  • Let it rain upon even your greasiest of pizza slices.
  • If you want to have a stupendous flavor homemade pizza, try a classic recipe: olives, Aleppo pepper, and fresh mozzarella. This spice will give your pizza the perfect amount of heat, and salt.
  • Sprinkle it on hummus and see what a difference it makes. 
  • Or sprinkled on breakfast scrambled eggs, bean soups, tuna salad, doner kebabs, popcorn, grilled corn, or in chili.
  • Add Aleppo-style pepper to oil for a stand-out roast chicken marinade.
  • Rub it on roasted vegetables, add it to salad dressing, or even use it to rim a cocktail glass.
  • Use it as a finishing touch on plates of hummus, sizzling spears of kebabs or blended with red bell peppers in muhammara.
  • Pair it with soft cheese to create complete uncontrollable paroxysm.
  • Equally at home in sweet and savory dishes, Aleppo pepper tastes great on grilled meats, such as chicken breast, steak and pork chops, and fish.
  • Aleppo pepper does pair especially well with tomato-based foods, such as sauces, stews, or anything destined for the grill.
  • It makes pasta and rice dishes sing. 
  • It makes a killer aioli for roasted asparagus.  
  • Be it hot chocolate, brownies, or candied nuts, is the baker's best spicy friend.
  • Aleppo pepper is sold de-seeded and coarsely ground, so it's mellow enough to act as a finisher.
  • Aleppo pepper's flakes are a perfect accent for anything requiring some extra punch but also balanced and nuanced flavor. 
  • Our favorite use for Aleppo pepper, is to toss the flakes with finely diced preserved lemons, and a little olive oil, and then to spread over a chicken before roasting. 

  

 Ingredients:  Aleppo Chile crushed with salt and sunflower oil added during the curing process.

 Note:  Keep Aleppo pepper flakes as moist as possible, either by sealing the lid tightly after every use or, preferably, storing in your freezer. 

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“In Arabic, the Aleppo red pepper is called ‘Baladi,’ meaning it belongs to my country,” said chef Marlene Matar, author of “The Aleppo Cookbook.” 

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 Recipe 

 Chicken Salad with Herbs and Aleppo Pepper | Light and summery... (from Bon Appétit Magazine)

 

 

Post Script:  In the past, we sourced Aleppo pepper from the Syrian town of Aleppo near the southern Turkish border, but with the war it stopped.  Currently, most or our product is being sourced from an area about 40 miles north of Aleppo, in the Turkish region of Kahramanmaras, from suppliers who grow the peppers from seeds obtained through seed banks or from fleeing refugees who carried the coveted seeds across the border. 

Healthy and Natural

  • A great option for following Paleo, Mediterranean or similar diets. 
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  • Every batch is handcrafted with lots of attention and spice-induced watering eyes in Saratoga Springs, NY.
  • We make Spice blends as if our own kids and friends eat them  — because they do!!

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