Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Padron Peppers!


Have you tasted Padron peppers? I tried some for the first time in Boulder recently, they were delicious--but a little bit spicy.

Over the weekend, we saw fresh ones for sale at the big Portland Farmers' Market. Julie and Kim started to giggle when they saw 'em, they're that good--they bring otherwise stoic ladies into fits of glee. So they each bought a big bag, and because I am a sucker for peer pressure and hate being left out, I bought a big bag, too.

Do you know what some folks say about Padrones? "Os pementos de PadrĂ³n, uns pican e outros non," which means, "Padron peppers, some are hot and some are not," in a very special language called Gallego (thanks, Sarah!). It's true, too!

Kim fixed ours for us yesterday; in cast iron, with a little olive oil over medium high heat until small blisters developed and they filled with steam. Then we topped ours with truffle salt. According to the PPK, some truffle stuff is not vegan (due to animal practices), so I need to ask the truffle salt people about their trufflers at the next market...

But, hot dog! These were really really good! Most of 'em were very mellow, but everyone once in a while I got one with just a little bit of heat. Delicious! When you eat 'em, you eat the whole pepper, seeds 'n' all, just leave off the little stem. Their texture reminded me a bit of marinated okra--the way the seeds pop a little in your mouth.

xo
kittee

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21 comments:

  1. I love Padron peppers. I had some earlier this year and couldn't get enough of them. These look wonderful.

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  2. I've never heard of 'em. I approve of the alliteration.

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  3. Oooh yeah padron peppers (didn't know they were called that by the way). These look so tasty good.

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  4. I don't think I've ever seen them in the U.K, but I will now keep my eyes out for them. I do like my chillies and spices.

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  5. YUM! Truffle salt isn't vegan?.. I have some and I wonder if mine is?

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  6. i saw that on the PPK boards just yesterday - never thought about it. i've also never heard of pardon peppers - i learned somethin' new today. w00t! i like how each pepper is a surprise - is it gonna be hot or not? awesome. i might have to get some pardon pepper seeds and grow 'em next season. dan and i grew fish, purple jalapeno, habanero, and tabasco peppers this year and loved them all. dan wants to add ghost peppers in next year and i'm kinda scared 'cause i hear they're crazy hot. i'd love to add another pepper to the family - pardon peppers it shall be. thanks, kittee!

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  7. Those looks ultra yummy.

    One thing, the phrase is actually in Gallego which a a language all its own, not a dialect. How cool is that?

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  8. Wow, those look yummy! I wish we had such a pepper variety you people have. We have just the good old bell.

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  9. Padrons! I've had them in the U.S. but that was so long ago...they look great!

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  10. I've never heard of those, actually. But they look pretty good!

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  11. Those look great! I'd never heard of them before, but they look right up my alley. I love your simple preparation, too!

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  12. Damn, this reminds me that I forgot to make mine! I better pull those beauties out of the veggie bin; )

    So glad you like the peppers. Oh, and the truffle salt from the farmer's market is from Italy, I believe. She just re-bags it in their packaging.

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  13. I've never tried these - but they sound delicious!!

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  14. Those scare me silly but they sure do look pretty!

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  15. I was just learning about these the other day! I haven't seen them on the East Coast, but I wonder if I could grow them. They sound delicious!

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  16. I'm a sucker for hot peppers, though I've never heard of Padron peppers. I'll have to look out for them

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  17. Love your blog! So glad I MoFo'ed across it!

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  18. Those look so yummy! There was an article in a Bon Appetit issue a while back that featured these and I've been wanting to try them ever since.

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  19. Never had them, but they look super good!

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