Add a Kick to Your Favorite Dish
It doesn’t take much spice to give your favorite foods a little extra dose of authority. You can spice up nearly any type of consumable and do it well. Just a little disclaimer here, you might want to consider how much of a kick you can endure before you begin. We wanted to share a few ideas for imparting spicy goodness to a few common dishes for added flavor and enjoyment.
- Red Pepper Flakes
Red Pepper Flakes are among the most versatile heat generators. Although they’re not terribly high in heat units, they can add a moderate kick to most dishes. If your scrambled eggs are a little bland or if you enjoy having a little kick to your pizza, they’re a great resource to have on hand. You can also add them to spaghetti, chili, soups and stews.
- Fresh Hot Peppers
Using fresh hot peppers can give you nearly any degree of heat that you desire. Although you’ll need to take care when prepping them, and we strongly recommend that you use rubber gloves when chopping them up, they can add flavor and a kick to most dishes with a great infusion of pepper flavor. If you’re excessively brave, you could go with the super hots including the California Reaper for maximum heat, or the Ghost Pepper for a barely noticeable tone down or perhaps the Habanero. If you’re into a milder heat, then you may want to settle for the Jalapeno which ranks fairly low in heat generation.
Here are a few of our favorites
- Hot pepper burgers are easy to make and there are a couple of ways to do it. Finely chopped peppers can be added directly to the burger before you make the patties (again, with rubber gloves), but be warned, this could result in fiery consequences so watch the amounts that you use.
- Another way of doing this is to simply grill the peppers and add them on top of the patty for a superb kick. You can also add fresh hot peppers to any soups, stews or casseroles.
- Cracked Black Pepper
This is a source of spice that is often overlooked. Although it isn’t on the level of the super hot peppers, Coarsely ground black pepper makes an amazing addition to tomato soup if you want to crank up a little heat. There is something about the flavor that turns ordinary tomato soup into a spicy delight, and it’s even better when served with grilled hot pepper cheese sandwiches.
These are just a few of the things that you can do to jack up the heat in your favorite dishes. The amount of heat that you add is under your control so it pays to be aware of how much spice your peppers are capable of adding. The best advice that we can give here is to start out with small additions until you get a feel for the effect that it will produce. It’s a little more difficult to dilute an over spiced dish than it is to gradually increase the heat with more spice. Good luck and have fun!