Russian Roulette with Padrón peppers

These little beauties were a gift from my lovely cooking enthusiast friend Stuart. He bought them on holiday in Northwest Spain. Part of the fun of padrón peppers (pimientos de Padrón) is that while most (75-90%) have a mild, almost sweet taste, 10-25% can be particularly hot! So eating them can be like a game of Russian roulette! Apparently, whether a pepper ends up being hot or mild depends on the amount of water and sunlight it gets during its growth. The best way to cook these little chaps is to drop them into hot olive oil and fry them for a few minutes until they start to colour. Drain and serve sprinkled with a little rock salt. I have some particularly nice rock salt from Cornwall that another friend bought back from holiday for me (I do alright don’t I?). I did have to buy the Taifun hot dogs, wholegrain rice and sweetcorn… I notice that Waitrose now sells pimientos de Padrón so while Stuart pretends he’s not a trendy cook, he’s really in vogue on the cooking front!

 MoFo 2014


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7 Responses to Russian Roulette with Padrón peppers

  1. zsudever says:

    Roasting padrons is also a great way to cook them. They cook really fast, too, so it doesn’t take too long in a small toasted oven.

    Thanks for the reminder to get mine out of the fridge and cooked!

    Zsu @ Zsu’s Vegan Pantry

  2. JustBloggs says:

    Ooh thanks – good idea!

  3. I have a pack of Padròns in the fridge! I’m actually going to make a jelly out of mine but your roasted ones look so lovely I’m starting to regret it.

  4. Lindsay says:

    What a hoot! I love that just SOME of them are hot! 🙂

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