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Old 03-13-2008, 12:33 PM   #1
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Little Italian Pepper

Several years ago the guy I was dating at the time made me this delicious spaghetti sauce. He learned how to make it in Italy and it had this skinny, red, dried pepper about 1 to 1 1/2 inches long. It was a pretty hot pepper (his friends dared me to eat one whole) but not too hot. It made the sauce just spicy enough to clear your sinuses out a bit. I really want to make this sauce for my family but I can't remember what the pepper is called. Does anyone know?

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Old 03-13-2008, 01:35 PM   #2
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Take a look at some of the photos of peppers on this link, B'sgirl Google Image Result for http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/hot_pepper_japanese.jpg

I've grown Thai hots before, which are small, long, skinny red peppers and have dried them. They are pretty hot, though.

See if anything jogs your memory.

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Old 03-13-2008, 01:41 PM   #3
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Several years ago the guy I was dating at the time made me this delicious spaghetti sauce. He learned how to make it in Italy and it had this skinny, red, dried pepper about 1 to 1 1/2 inches long. It was a pretty hot pepper (his friends dared me to eat one whole) but not too hot. It made the sauce just spicy enough to clear your sinuses out a bit. I really want to make this sauce for my family but I can't remember what the pepper is called. Does anyone know?
It sounds like a serrano pepper that was allowed to mature to red. Here's a visual guide to peppers: Visual guide to peppers

And here's a recipe for the sauce: Recipes : Arrabbiata Sauce : Food Network

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Use the same pepper pods you would use to make Kung Pao chicken. Those are the same type of pepper you get when you buy crushed red pepper in a shaker jar.
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Ooh, thanks! Especially for the recipe! It could be one of the capsicum peppers (one of those is used in the Kung Pao so you must be right, Caine). I swear the name was something like Perichino, but they guy was fluent in Italian, he may not know an English term for it. But I think I'll see if I can find a capsicum and give it a try and I'll post how it goes.
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