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Crushed Red Chiles

Crushed red pepper flakes are an icon of Italian family restaurant tables. Their use as a condiment originated in Bukovo, a village in North Macedonia, where the spicy red peppers grow abundantly. This cheery mix of flakes and seeds adds moderate heat to tomato sauce, homemade sausage, and, of course, pizza!

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This is the chile pepper to use whenever a recipe calls for "red pepper flakes." Many Mexican, South American, and Asian recipes call for red chile peppers, but its in Italian cuisine where these pepper flakes are most popular. There's a reason why they're also referred to as "pizza pepper!" Use a pinch to add a mild heat to Italian pasta dishes, Asian stir-fry, and South American adobos.

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