Recipe ReDux: Shishito Peppers

Sometimes the stars align and the post I was planning for the week lines up perfectly with The Recipe ReDux challenge.  Luckily, that has happened on this very busy week before Christmas! Due to popular demand, The Recipe ReDux is repeating December 2014’s theme with an update:

“The Recipe ReDux has been around for 54 months! To celebrate, we’re playing a little party game this month: Grab your nearest cookbook and ReDux the recipe on page 54 or 154.”

I had a really old cookbook of appetizers that I only look at around the holidays. Page 54 featured jalapeno poppers, which are usually fried and stuffed with cheese.  Definitely not a healthy appetizer! Lately, I’ve seen a new (to me) pepper called a shishito pepper, and I’ve been dying to try it. I recently found a bag of them at Trader Joe’s, and I was pleasantly surprised about the flavor and the ease of preparation.

Shishito Peppers are small green peppers that are native to Japan.  They are best served hot from a frying pan, and the majority of them have a sweet taste.  The interesting thing about Shishito Peppers is that 1 in 10 have a spicy kick.  It’s like pepper roulette! Serve these peppers straight from the frying pan as a super simple, delicious, and healthy holiday appetizer!

raw shishito peppers

Makes 4 appetizer servings:

Ingredients:

1 Bag (6-oz.) Shishito Peppers

2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Sprinkle of coarse sea salt

Juice of 1 lemon

Shishito Peppers

Directions:

  1. Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat for 1-2 minutes.  Add olive oil to pan and let heat for 1-2 minutes.  You want the pan to be hot, but you don’t want the oil to start to smoke.
  2. Add Shishito Peppers to the pan (if they sizzle, you know the pan is hot enough).  Fry for 4-5 minutes on each side.  The peppers will begin to blister–that’s okay!
  3. Transfer the peppers from the hot pan to a plate with a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.. Sprinkle with sea salt and squeeze the lemon juice on top.
  4. Serve them while hot. Bite them right off the stem while hot and enjoy the sweet or spicy treat.

Shishito Peppers 2

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