With a variety of flavors, from slightly sweet and smoky to tangy and spicy, hot chili peppers are a versatile ingredient for many types of savory dishes. The most famous Italian hot peppers are Calabrian chili peppers, imported from the south of Italy. When used in a balanced amount, their natural spiciness brings heat to food and enhances other ingredients. Not only are Italian hot peppers packed with flavor, but they alsohave numerous health benefits.
What kinds of Italian peppers can I buy?
A popular brand from Italy is Tutto Calabria, which makes gourmet products with locally grown ingredients from the region of Calabria, famous for its spicy cuisine. Steeped in extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, and traditional seasonings, crushed hot chili peppers are perfect for sauces, meats, pizza, and pasta. For sauces or toppings with a chunky texture, incorporate hot long chili peppers,available in both red and green varieties. Another popular chili pepper product is red chili pepper spread, which is ideal for sandwiches and charcuterie boards.
If spicy flavors aren’t your thing, Supermarket Italy also carries a variety of Italian roasted sweet peppers. Grilled peppers from La Valle and a Pero add a Neapolitan twist to sandwiches and salads.
What can I make with hot Italian peppers?
Depending on the type of pepper and your personal threshold for spicy foods, various amounts of hot chili peppers or hot cherry peppers can be added to your favorite Italian meals for intense pops of flavor. Try adding Calabrian chili peppers to pizza, pasta sauces, and salads, or layer them on sandwiches with cured meats and cheeses. The possibilities for these tasty flavor bombs are seemingly endless, which is why they are a must-have for every kitchen pantry.