Padrons.  The first time I encountered this mysterious little green pepper was at the farmer’s market.  Intrigued by their high price tag, I asked the farmer to tell me more.  He proceed to explain how the pepper was Spanish and was known as Pimientos de Padron.  He went on to say that the peppers are normally sweet and very mild;  but, that in every batch there would be a spicy one.

Ever year we eagerly await for the season to arrive, and then we keep a steady supply in our house.  They make a great little nibble to have on hand while cooking dinner.  Just gently saute in a little olive oil, and season with some salt.  Sometimes I like to sprinkle a little spicy pepper to really make things spicy.  The padrons are fun to serve to dinner guests as well as kids;  they have so much fun eating them, and wondering who will get the token spicy pepper.

Recently I started using the padrons in recipes as well.  One of our favorites is a balsamic onion and padron pizza.  The caramelized onions, slightly sweet padrons and creamy manchego are an amazing combination.  Especially when grilled over a charcoal fire.

If you see these gems in your market, take advantage, not only are they delicious but they are fun to eat.

Do you have a favorite recipe using Padrons?  We’d love to hear all about it.