Jul 12 # 1 of 14
Is there a difference in the strength of ground red pepper versus crushed red pepper? I prefer the ground because I like to taste the seasoning without actually biting into the pieces of seasoning.
Jul 12 # 2 of 14
I sometimes prefer the ground myself in certain recipes!
Jul 12 # 3 of 14
I think cayenne pepper and crushed red pepper come from the same pepper plant. Since cayenne pepper is ground, a little goes a long way.
I like to use crushed red pepper in marinades, soups, and stews. It works well with anything with some liquid in it to soften the pepper and let the taste of the pepper blend into the meal. It's not too hot then, unless you add too much.
Jul 12 # 4 of 14
Ground red pepper is made from just that - a red pepper (chilie) ground.
Red pepper flakes are a combination of several different chilies instead of just one chilie.
Jul 12 # 5 of 14
Both of those peppers are definately hot. I like to add them to foods where you wouldn't think of adding pepper, such as omelets or scambled eggs where I'd use cayenne so it blends in, or stews, where crushed red pepper fits just right. I try not to add too much heat and am just looking for a change of taste.
A little crushed red pepper would go great in a spaghetti or sloppy joe sauce to change the meal a little from the last time I made it.