How do you use Aleppo Chilli Pepper ? This recently trendy pepper packs a fruity, heat-filled punch and complex flavours. We’d recommend usingAleppo Pepper in all sorts of dishes, both sweet and savoury. Because of its versatility, it might just become your go-to chili. But first, what is Aleppo Pepper exactly? What are its origins? And most importantly, what does it taste like... and how spicy is it?
Named for the city in northern Syria, we think theAleppo Pepper could become your new favourite chili. Known also as the Halaby pepper or pul biber, these chilies are now frequently grown in Turkey due to the crisis in war-torn Syria. The deep red Aleppo Pepper is allowed to ripen before it is picked, partially dried, and de-seeded. It’s then coarsely ground, seasoned with salt, and cured with oil which allows it to retain its bright colour.
Zest & Zing’s Aleppo Pepper is cured with sunflower oil. Buy ithere.
Used widely in Middle Eastern cuisines, Aleppo Pepper is traditionally found in grilled meats, kebabs, beans, dips, and salads. It’s also a common table condiment for sprinkling over prepared meals.
The Aleppo Pepper isn’t spicy enough to be afraid of. In fact, it’s about half as hot as those everyday red chili flakes you definitely have lying around in your kitchen. But the key is that it’s so much more flavourful!
This chili has a deep complexity with a hint of tanginess and a rich aroma. Slightly fruity with a mellow Mediterranean taste and fragrance, it’s got a savoury finish quite likesun-dried tomatoes. Some compare its complexity to cumin, because the Aleppo Pepper is earthy while at the same time remaining bright, tart, and fresh.
As for its heat, the spice level is brief and intense, more like a kiss of heat than a burn that lingers too long. It’s slow-building and mild, so that makes it versatile. You can definitely handle this level of heat. Along with its nuanced flavours, it’s great for adding depth and balance to a dish.
Texture-wise, it’s similar to a finishing salt, and because it’s so mellow, you can add it to dishes just as you would a finishing salt - right before serving. After trying it, you may want a little dish of Aleppo Pepper sitting on your table just like a proper Middle Eastern restaurant!
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It’s seriously versatile. Use Aleppo Pepper on meats, salads, vegetables and even on desserts and fruits. We think it pairs especially well with tomato-based dishes and grilled meats. Here are a few simple ways you could use Aleppo Pepper that don’t even require recipes:
Of course, there are a few ways to use this Middle Eastern pepper that might not come to mind when cooking with it for the first time. Here are a few unique dishes that caught our eye:
Be careful with Aleppo Pepper when using it on simple vegetables. Use it sparingly so that you don’t overwhelm them, and make sure that you’ve chosen veg whose flavour can stand up to it.
After you’ve gotten a feel for the flavour of the Aleppo Pepper, start experimenting in sweet foods and desserts. Its heat helps balance out rich foods like chocolate and sugar and it pairs extremely well with the also-spicy cinnamon. Try it in things like brownies, pumpkin bread, candied nuts, orcookies.
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