Cooking with the Aleppo Chili Pepper


Aleppo Chili Pepper

Aleppo Chili Pepper

I got a chance to cook with some fresh Aleppo Chili Peppers recently and cooked up a version of a recipe I had while visiting Turkey last year – a Spicy Garbanzo Bean Salad. Aleppo Peppers are grown in Syria, but are currently quite difficult to acquire because of local strife. Recipes typically call for dried Aleppo seasoning, which can be used in place of peppers like paprika or crushed red chiles, but if you can get your hands on some fresh Aleppo peppers, I believe you’ll enjoy the flavors.

They run about the same heat level as the jalapeno pepper, or just a bit hotter, at 10,000 SHU.

You can learn more about the Aleppo Pepper here.

The dish I had in Turkey did not have Aleppo Peppers, but it did have milder fresh chili peppers. This version of the dish incorporates the Aleppo, and I love how it turned out.

Spicy Garbanzo Bean Salad with Aleppo Peppers

Spicy Garbanzo Bean Salad with Aleppo Peppers

Spicy Garbanzo Bean Salad with Aleppo Peppers

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce raisins, rehydrated
  • 12 ounces fresh garbanzo beans
  • 4 Aleppo Peppers, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (plus more as needed)
  • 1/4 cup champagne vinegar
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. Heat a large pan to medium heat. Add olive oil with garbanzo beans and cook about 7-8 minutes, or until browned.
  2. Add Aleppo Peppers and cook another 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and stir. Cook about 1 minute, until fragrant.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  5. To a large bowl, add raisins, cooled beans-pepper mixture, mint, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Mix well.
  6. Cover and refrigerate about 1 hour to allow flavors to mingle.
  7. Serve!

NOTE: I got my fresh Aleppo Peppers from Jim Duffy at Superhotchiles.com, where you can purchase a great number of fresh chili peppers.

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About Mike from Madness

Mike Hultquist is a chili pepper and spicy food enthusiast with an insane desire to play in the kitchen. He's all about cooking with chili peppers, but also loves chili pepper gardening, preserving, and experimenting with new and creative ways to incorporate spicy food into life. He's also a produced screenwriter, novelist, food writer and web site developer.
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