Blistered Shishito Peppers

November 30, 2011

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Blistered Shishito Peppers

After yet another large, heavy lunch made up of Thanksgiving leftovers, I wanted something very light to eat for dinner last night.  I wanted something, but the thoughts of a nice bowl of Turkey Soup (my all-time favorite and the best part of the Thanksgiving turkey in my opinion *smile*) felt like a bit too much.  But I was in luck – I had stopped by the greenmarket and lucked out to find a nice fresh batch of Shishito Peppers at one of my favorite stands, and had bought a bag.  So Blistered Shishito Peppers for dinner it was! 

Shishitos are thin-skinned peppers, mini in size, and mostly sweet…but every 10 peppers or so – yowzah! – you get a hot one!  Not too, too hot, but you definitely feel the kick.  And according to my farmer, there’s no way to tell which will be the hot one just by looking at it…so this fun little fact brings an element of adventure to an otherwise rather routine vegetable dish.

I often make these as an appetizer. Especially at a cocktail party – it’s great to have a nice, light, bright vegetable in the midst of the more richer bites on offer.  And since you leave them whole, the stem makes them an easy picker-upper while holding a drink in the other hand.  *smile*

But tonight, a plate of these flecked with sea salt – alongside a nice glass of wine – was the perfect dinner after so much rich eating.  How I love it when healthful is this enjoyable!

And they couldn’t be easier!  They peppers start out like this:

Fresh Shishito Peppers

All you need to do is rinse off the peppers – no need to de-stem.

Heat a Tablespoon of  Olive Oil in a skillet and heat over medium-high heat.

Once the pan and oil are hot, add the peppers, sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper and cook, turning often until they begin to blister on all sides.

Turn them out onto a plate or into a bowl, sprinkle with one last pinch of salt ( I like to use sea salt) and pepper and you’re done!  Truly – couldn’t be easier!


Filed Under: Appetizer/Snack, Recipe, Savory, Sides, What's For Dinner

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