Spending most of my life in the southwestern United States, I’ve come to like my food spicy. Whether its Mexican, Italian, Indian, or just plain old scrambled eggs, there had better be some hot sauce within arms reach. So, I was rather delighted to see that Blue Apron had included Red Pepper Flakes with many of its dishes, such as this weeks Chicken and Fresh Basil Fettuccini. When I opened my BA box on Monday and began sorting the ingredients, I was a bit disappointed to find this tiny packet of Red Pepper Flakes – it reminded me of the small amount of gold flakes at the bottom of a Goldschlager bottle (yes, I used to party like it was 1999), even Domino’s Pizza has bigger packets of Red Pepper! Why you holding out on us BA? Look at that sad bag of flakes. Depressing.
Some ingredients you should just have on hand, and they should be of high quality – olive oil, salt, pepper, and a good Red Pepper should be included in that list. There are a lot of places to get your Red Pepper, and there are a lot of good brands out there. My suggestion is that you find a great local Italian grocery store and ask them for their favorite. As for me, we use Filippi’s Red Pepper. Fillipi’s Pizza Grotto is an Italian grocery and pizzeria located in San Diego’s Little Italy district and is a must try if you happen to be in the area enjoying the Southern California beaches or betting the ponies at Del Mar Racetrack.
Their flakes are ground down a bit more than normal flakes, which almost makes it more like an actual red pepper instead of red pepper flakes. Either way, I find it quite delicious, and a great substitute on BA meals that call for this ingredient.
Red Pepper Flakes from Filippi’s cost a whopping $1.99, and a small bottle will last you quite a while. Its a worthwhile investment for those of us using the Blue Apron service, and I recommend you pick up a bottle. So, hack away next time you see Red Pepper on the menu and add your favorite Red Pepper flakes to give your meals that extra kick of heat and authenticity
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