Cayenne came from dried red-hot chili peppers. Food enthusiasts and chefs like its bright red color and super sweet-spicy flavor. Cayenne peppers are closely related to jalapenos and bell peppers. They are originally from South America.
They are rich in antioxidants, and Vitamin A. Cayenne pepper also has Vitamin E, B6, K, Manganese, Riboflavin, and Potassium. Capsaicin, the active ingredient that gives cayenne pepper its spicy taste, is also the substance that aids in metabolism and digestion.
How to Use Ground Cayenne
Cayenne pepper powder is widely used all over the world. Just a small pinch is enough to add some heat and sweet-spicy taste to an entire pot of sauce, salad, marinade, mac and cheese, or beans.
Sprinkle a little cayenne on your guacamole, deviled eggs, or on your spicy cocoa cookies. Cayenne powder pairs well with parmesan cheese and tomato sauce.
You can also make a refreshing salad dressing by mixing in some creamy Greek yogurt, squeeze of lemon, salt, and a little pinch of ground cayenne.
Add ground cayenne to your regular chicken noodle soup or tomato soup. Any meal that uses canned soup base can pair well with cayenne.
Want to add a bit of kick to your stir fry? Instead of adding ground cayenne near the end, add it to the oil at the start of the cooking process. This step, known as blooming, brings out the goodness of the spice without overpowering the dish with too much heat. Try it with stir-fry corn, eggplant, or zucchini. You can also experiment by adding cayenne to your next pasta in olive oil.
A Must-Have Spice All Year Round
Cayenne pepper can turn an otherwise ordinary dish into something festive. This is one of the most manageable spices to incorporate into your diet as it blends well with any home-cooked dishes.