*What is Aleppo pepper?
Named after the Syrian city, Aleppo pepper is a brightly colored, mildly spicy dried pepper that has a unique taste—a little raisiny, a little tomatoey, a little peppery. It's widely used in the Middle East and is becoming more popular in North America. It makes a terrific replacement for the ubiquitous red chile flake, but with a little more flavor. At the same time, you can use red chile flakes, hot paprika, or ancho chiles if you can't find Aleppo pepper.