If you like things a bit spicy but aren’t into the Sriracha craze, go back to basics and use black pepper to season your food.
Be warned: You have to genuinely love the zesty taste of black pepper to enjoy these recipes. These are not suggestions for “in-betweeners” or people who only like pepper.
If you’re one of those people who takes an awkwardly long time to tell the waiter “stop” when they’re grinding pepper over your salad, these are for you.
1. Ice cream
There are hundreds of recipes for black pepper ice cream, like this one from David Lebovitz‘s book The Perfect Scoop. If you don’t want to make your own, black pepper sprinkled on store bought ice cream is fine. Maybe the new non-dairy Ben & Jerry’s offerings need some spice.
2. Fruit, specifically summer berries
Pepper enhances the natural sweet and tartness of the fruit and gives it a good “kick.” Pair this with a summer cocktail and you are made in the peppery shade.
If you’re trying to eat healthy and desperately need something to amp up the taste of plain ol’ oats, pepper is a low-cal way to make this traditional breakfast savory.
4. Peanut butter
Spicy and peanut flavors are really nothing new, so pepper and peanut pair swimmingly. Jelly would enhance this even more, but just a spoonful of PB and P is a great snack.
5. Greek yogurt
Greek yogurt is tangy. Adding pepper makes it a yummy dip for veggies or chips, but obviously, cheese makes the best base for dipping.
6. Pumpkin pie
The one spice your Thanksgiving treat is missing: pepper. A good pumpkin pie usually has cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, so try adding a peppery taste to balance the sweetness.
Literally put some “pep” in your morning. Rather than drinking the cayenne pepper and lemon juice detox, mix it in your usual cup of joe and drink the spice.
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