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southern cooks: what is "ground red pepper"?

toodie jane Dec 7, 2008 12:51 PM

Cheese straw recipes call for it--is it paprika? cayenne? huh? Help please and thank you.

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    Clarkafella RE: toodie jane Dec 7, 2008 12:53 PM

    I always use cayenne when a recipe calls for it.

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        mojoeater RE: toodie jane Dec 7, 2008 01:20 PM

        3rd for cayenne.

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          Alfred G RE: toodie jane Dec 7, 2008 09:46 PM

          Me too. Cayenne.

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            Hungry Celeste RE: toodie jane Dec 8, 2008 06:56 AM

            Like everybody else said, it's cayenne. For a change of pace in cheese straws, try subbing part of the cayenne with pimenton (smoked spanish paprika).

            1. sugarcube RE: toodie jane Jan 30, 2011 03:31 PM

              This was listed on a rub recipe I am going to make. At first I thought it was pulverized chili flakes or something. Thanks so much for the clarification!


              1. Karl S RE: toodie jane Jan 30, 2011 04:27 PM


                Back before more people got specific about pepper cultivars, it was a generic term for what now goes by the name of cayenne in many quarters, but I suspect many Americans still would use the term red pepper in this way.

                1. Hank Hanover RE: toodie jane Jan 31, 2011 08:56 AM

                  It is almost certainly cayenne but it could be tobasco peppers from Avery Island, Louisiana.

                  If you wanted to get fancy, you could probably make a mix of various ground red peppers like they do with chili powder, now. Maybe you could start a trend.

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                    toodie jane RE: Hank Hanover Jan 31, 2011 09:00 AM

                    My basic question was answered: hot .or not? Just wanted to know what was traditional. It's interesting to me what is taken for granted in regional recipes.

                    Thanks to all.

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                      Clarkafella RE: toodie jane Jan 31, 2011 09:05 AM

                      Well, you certainly would want a little heat in cheese straws- personally, I like 'em with a *lot* of heat!

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                        Karl S RE: toodie jane Jan 31, 2011 09:25 AM

                        Just recall that, until the past generation, in much of the US outside the Southwest, there were only two types of pepper: green (bell or cubanelle), which was fresh and not hot, and red (cayenne), which was either crushed or ground and hot. You didn't need to be more specific!

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                      sancan RE: toodie jane Jan 31, 2011 10:47 AM

                      You'll find that the common spice tins or bottles that used to be labeled "cayenne" pepper now say "ground red pepper" as well, although high end spice companies may still use "cayenne." Somewhere along the line it became necessary to be specific about what peppers were used, and since cayenne chili peppers may not be the chili peppers used year-round, companies began using the more generic "ground red pepper." If it says "cayenne" it must use the cayenne chili. The taste difference is negligible, IMO.

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                        toodie jane RE: sancan Jan 31, 2011 11:06 AM

                        Karl; isn't the variety of availble herbs and spices wonderful now? In days gone by, you had to know where to look in the ethnic groceries of large cities . Now because of consumer interest in world cuisines, the larger specialty spice companies are hopping on board. $$ to be made!

                        sancan: I see your point about the "truth in labeling" issue.

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                        psing RE: toodie jane Jan 22, 2012 01:35 AM

                        Thank you to all, I needed an answer to the exact same question as I wanted to try out an American recipe. Here in the United Kingdom there is no 'Ground Red Pepper', but we do have Cayenne, Paprika (hot, sweet etc) Ground Chili and a myriad of others! Now I know, cheers guys.

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                          Will Owen RE: psing Jan 22, 2012 02:21 PM

                          And Yes, cheese straws do require cayenne!

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