I had no idea what was Aleppo was...for all I knew it could have been a virus (like the one I accidently sent to everyone on my FB page - again, so, so sorry!) or some sort reptile, as in, "I don't know how it got out but the door was open and my Aleppo is gone!" But I kept seeing the word...last week at World Market I noticed a big display of spices, "Featuring: ALEPPO!" Okay, mystery solved...Aleppo is a spice...whoop-de-do...at my age if I haven't heard of it then I'm certain I don't need it. Then, two days later I visited Smitten Kitchen and her post read, "Sour Cream Cornbread With Aleppo"...seriously! So twice in two days I see Aleppo...two days after I see Deb's post the mister and I stop into the new Penzey's Spices in Seattle and they have Aleppo on display! The Spice Gods were trying to tell me something, ya think? So I bought me a bottle of Aleppo... This is what Penzey's has to say about Aleppo:
"This Turkish crushed chili has an ancho-like flavor with a little more heat and tartness. Put a jar right on the table and shake on pizza, subs and salads. Aleppo Pepper is great on grilled meats like chkcken breast, steak, chops...makes an attractive sprinkle for potato, chicken and tuna salad and deviled eggs, too..." Amen!
Folks, Aleppo is the new Black...it's colorful and zesty and on top of macaroni and cheese (from the blue box) it was just the ticket! (Yes, every now and then I like to eat gutter food, don't you?) So far this week I've used Aleppo on a lunch tuna salad, a green salad for dinner, grilled pork chops and baked potato! The mister would have nothing to do with it until I sprinkled it on top of some deviled eggs...and then he was sold, too! (Yes it's spicy but not too spicy for the man who hates spice!) If you're out and about and find yourself face to face with Aleppo - buy it!