Chile Garlic Topping
This is one of Chicago chef John Shields' favorite kitchen secrets, a simple condiment you can keep on hand to amp up meat, vegetables, eggs--or, yes, even Yeasted Sweet Potato Pancakes (recipe available on midwestliving.com).
Aleppo pepper flakes come from a medium-hot Middle Eastern pepper named for Syria's capital. Order it online or find it at specialty spice shops. It is more mild and fruity than typical crushed red pepper flakes but still has kick.