Also called: red pepper flakes
Way back in 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed
the ocean blue. Luckily for us, he brought back with him the
versatile chile. The countries that spice up their dishes
with this lovely addition are plentiful, and include India,
Mexico, South America, Spain, Thailand, and the US.
Most crushed red pepper usually comes from
the long, red New Mexico chile. These days, red pepper flakes
are a common substitute for plain old black
pepper, as the heat quotient is easily gauged and adds
both dimension and flame to the most common dishes. Try adding
just a pinch to skillet-fried, salted potatoes. It's a brand
new dish and a sure-fire hit.