Why not slip a little something modernist on the holiday table along with the cheese balls and beef logs? Recently I've been obsessed to the point of possessed with shishito peppers. Shishitos are about the length of a jalapeno but thinner and more malleable to the touch. They're also not quite as fiery but definitely pack a healthy dose of lingering, pleasant heat.
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Have yourself a a modernist merry Christmas.
A few weeks back I nominated Fried Stuffed Olives into my unofficial bar snacks hall of fame. This week I have another contender for the list: Grilled Shishito Peppers with Sesame Oil and Salt, courtesy of Steven Raichlen's Planet Barbecue! While the preparation of the tiny shishitos is minimal (merely brushed with sesame oil, grilled until blistering, and salted), the excitement comes from the somewhat volatile nature of the peppers. Once grilled, the flavor of the peppers is grassy and sweet but one out of every five or so is spicy enough to have you reaching for a cool drink.