Crushed Red Pepper
Crushed red peppers are also known as red pepper flakes or “pizza pepper” and have become a must in every kitchen. Chile peppers have become the most used spice around the world and the variety of flakes has increased as well.
These chiles are about a 3 to 4 on a heat scale of 1 to 10. Red pepper flakes are not made of one type of chile, but from various combinations of ancho, bell, cayenne and more. Crushed red pepper flakes are used in pickling, chowders, gumbos, spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce and sausage. They are also great in cream and cheese sauces, omelets and marinades. Use about a ½ tsp. to equal the power of one small dried chile.