Dried and crushed hot chili peppers, typically any combination of ancho, bell, and cayenne peppers. Popular in Italian cooking, especially as a topping for pizza.
Red circular, disk shaped flakes, typically with white/beige circular seeds. Can also be ground slightly finer, with a sandy texture.
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
To accentuate flavor, simply crush flakes in the hands or with a glass against a counter top. Cooking in oil briefly will also accentuate heat, however extended cooking will mellow the heat.
Conserving and Storing
Store in a cool, dry place and watch for expiration date. Typically, they last years if they are store properly and are not contaminated with other foods or liquid.
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