Crushed red pepper is a condiment consisting of dried and crushed (as opposed to ground) red chili peppers. Crushed red pepper is made from hot dried red peppers. Crushed red pepper shakers have become as standard as salt and pepper on tables at Italian restaurants and especially pizza parlors in the United States. Crushed red pepper is not made of one type of chili, but from various combinations of ancho, bell, cayenne and more. Often there is a high ratio of seeds, which intensifies the heat of the pepper. Crushed red pepper is used in pickling, chowders, gumbos, spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce and sausage. As chilis have become more popular the styles and varieties of peppers used to make crushed red pepper has also increased.
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Debo's Zesty Pepper Ranch Crackers
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4 sleeves buttery rounds baked crackers
1 1/4 cups canola oil
1 package dry ranch dressing mix
1 package dry fiesta ranch dressing mix
2 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes
Place crackers in 2 gallon zip lock bag. In a bowl, add oil, dry ranch dressing mix, dry fiesta ranch dressing mix and crushed red pepper flakes, mix well. Pour mixture in the bag with the crackers and shake lightly until all the crackers are coated. Let crackers stand for one to two hours (preferably overnight), you want the crackers to soak up the mixture. Place crackers in airtight container. Enjoy!