Have you ever had a Padrón pepper? They are small, long peppers, with a color that ranges from vibrant green to a yellow tinged jade, While they are an increasingly popular crop here in California and other places in the U.S., they originally hail from the municipality of Padrón in the province of La Coruña, which is in the northwestern part of Spain — that is where they get their name. What makes these peppers particularly interesting is that while their taste is usually mild, about 10% of them are particularly hot. Whether any given pepper ends up being hot or mild depends on the amount of water and sunlight it receives during its growth — you can’t tell by looking at them, you just have to taste and try!
They are also a great as a snack and a healthful, satisfying alternative to fatty, fried, salty food to serve with cocktails, wine, or iced tea. And they are so simple to prepare — just take about 1 tablespoon of olive oil and heat it in a frying pan until the oil shimmers. Add 2 generous cups of Padrón peppers and stir them around. Cook until the skin starts to blister, only about 3 or 4 minutes. Remove them from the pan and put in a beautiful bowl, sprinkle with a little sea salt and you are done. An easy & elegant snack for happy hour. Hope you are kicking off a great weekend!