Padróns! 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 proceeds to explain how the pepper was Spanish and 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. I picked up a basket of these Padróns took them home and had fun! Literally, it was a game of who would get the spicy one.
Every 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 olive oil, and season with some coarse salt such as Maldon salt which is a great finishing salt. Sometimes I like to sprinkle a little spicy pepper to really spice things up. The padrons are fun to serve at a dinner party to watch as your guests wonder who will get that spice bomb. As well, Kids love eating them purely because they keep wondering who will get the spicy pepper.
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.
*makes a noshy snack for 2 – 4 people
a basket of padrons, washed and dried
In a large frying pan, gently heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat.
Add the padrons and cook until the skin blisters and they slightly turn a little brown.
Remove from the heat.
Put into a serving dish.
Sprinkle with Maldon salt.