Only about one out of ten of the small green peppers from the Spanish municipality of Padrón are wildly hot, while the rest are as mild as a green bell pepper. The exciting part is that it's pretty much impossible to tell them apart until you actually get them one your mouth. It's what makes eating them so damn exciting, though I gotta admit: I love their flavor so much that I'd be perfectly content knocking back a bowl without the added adrenaline of a game of capsicum roulette.
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This insanely delicious tamale filling is also one of the easiest—fruity roasted poblano peppers paired with strands of melted mild Oaxacan cheese. It's a minimal combo that delivers a lot of flavor within a light and tender tamale dough.
The Spanish are masters at packing RDS (Really Delicious Stuff) into cans. When I'm drinking a glass of sherry or a Rioja with my wife Adri, I could be content with a good loaf of bread, some excellent olive oil, and some RDS. This recipe—pimientos del piquillo rellenos de atún (that's Spanish for "peppers with some well-dressed tuna shoved inside'em")—requires two jars of RDS: piquillo peppers and oil-packed bonito tuna. But it still takes all of 15 minutes to put together.
This Southwestern-style recipe calls for roasted poblano and red bell peppers, corn, and a little cayenne, for a sweet and fruity bread with a slight touch of heat.
This super-simple riff on Greek tyrokafteri—a salty, spicy dip of roasted peppers and feta—is packed with bold, fresh flavors. Though the traditional recipe calls for puréeing the ingredients, here they're chopped to preserve their individual textures. Together, they form a loose filling for hollowed tomatoes, which bake until tender and lip-smackingly sweet.
Two types of beans, red kidney and green beans, are combined with pickled red peppers and fire-roasted jalapeños in this amped-up redux of the time-honored three-bean salad.
Pot roast braised in beer and mustard is warmed with spicy peppers and offset by sweet carrots and potatoes.
My previous experience with empanadas consisted of individual hand-pies filled mostly with sweet ground beef and olives. But my perception of the savory pastries has totally shifted as of this week. Tucked into the tapas chapter of Jeff Koehler's new cookbook, Spain, is a recipe for a giant pie filled with slivers of paprika-marinated pork mixed with caramelized onions and peppers.
Classic bacon-wrapped stuffed jalapeños poppers get an Italian twist. Hot cherry peppers, filled with ricotta and provolone cheeses, are wrapped with prosciutto and cooked on the grill.
I have something of an aversion to blended soups, mostly because the homogeneous texture gets boring after a while. Instead, I love brothy soups—ones with all kinds of things floating in the bowl for me to scoop out. But who says you can't add things into a blended soup to get the best of both worlds?
Red peppers and eggplant roasted over a wood fire give this sweet and tangy Serbian sauce a pleasing smokiness.
Super fast gazpacho. The key is layering and salting the vegetables above the bread so that their exuded juices get sopped up before blending.
Eggplant, peppers, onions, and tomatoes slow-roasted over the dying embers of a coal fire. Sounds romantic, tastes delicious.
Pepper is the star ingredient in this flavorful fish fry from Kerala. It can be had on its own with a salad or as a side to fish curry and rice.
Pork, tofu, light broth -- what could possibly make this bland-looking, seemingly ho-hum dish worth the attention? It's the Thai seasoning paste. You've got to try it to believe it.
[Photographs: Leela Punyaratabandhu] These shrimp cakes can be served as an appetizer or a main course. Even though at many Thai restaurants in Thailand, these cakes are paired with Chinese-style plum sauce, I prefer to serve them with Thai sweet...
Cacio e pepe is a simple pasta dish, named after its two biggest flavors: pecorino and black pepper. Salty, and pepper. It's so easy, but the flavors are deep, spicy, and bold.
A friend who tasted an earlier batch of this ice cream compared its flavor (very happily) to cigarettes. Needless to say, the recipe has been adjusted. Post adjustments, it's sweet and smoky with a slight black pepper kick, and deep spice aroma—but if you're looking to make cigarette-flavored ice cream, simply double the amount of black cardamom. Delish.
I am addicted to this dish. Usually I have to cook so many new dishes a week, I don't have time to revisit the really impressive ones. But I've made an exception for this one. I understand on paper it doesn't sound like it should work. The recipe from Eggs On Sunday uses a lot of maple syrup, Too sticky sweet? Nope, everything is balanced by the cider vinegar and black peppercorns, which transform into this rich, meaty glaze that miraculously makes each bite taste like the best rib eye you can imagine.
I can't believe I've never made hanger steak before. While it's often referred to as a "cheaper cut," I usually can't find it for under $10 a pound. Also, a lot of recipes recommend a long marinade—something I can't indulge in often. Luckily, I found this recipe from Gourmet, which introduces a highly flavored dry rub and a very simple sauce. It can be made in 20 minutes or so. Not bad.