I have a Chef John recipe that calls for Aleppo peppers. Is Controne the same? Could it be a better substitute than red pepper flakes since I don't have Aleppo?
Great question! Controne Hot Pepper is spicier than Aleppo pepper and won't have quite the same warm, fruity heat. However, it is delicious and while you could still use it for your recipe, you may want to consider using less and tasting as you go because of its spicier nature. We have Crushed Aleppo Pepper available if you decide to stay true to the recipe. It's also an extremely versatile spice that I'm sure you will find many uses for! https://www.markethallfoods.com/collections/herbs-and-spices/products/aleppo-pepper-crushed
I enjoy the Controne pepper a lot. It gives an extra layer of flavor to food that just needs a little pick up. But, be careful, a little bit goes a long way.
This hot pepper is definitely a go-to in our house. The text suggests sprinkling it on last, but it is great in cooking. My favorite is to cube sweet potatoes or yams, put on a little olive oil, and toss the cubes with a half-teaspoon of this pepper plus salt. Bake at 350°F until soft & browned, and you have an amazing mix of creamy sweet potato and spicy mellow hot. This is way better than putting more sweet things on sweet potatoes, by the way.