Seasonal Ingredients

Padron Peppers, FTW

Thanks so much for all the great design feedback!! Truthfully, I’m still reading through all of them and haven’t figured out what I’m doing yet. One idea I really liked was making a huge chalkboard that’s backed on a piece of wood covered in vintage fabric. Not quite sure though how that would all play out….I’ll keep you posted! I did do another little mini project this afternoon and I can’t wait to show y’all after I have them all done and perfect.

Now though, I want to talk about peppers.

Not just any peppers, but specifically padron peppers. These little green peppers are mild in taste and are just everywhere this time of year in Northern California. I’ve seen them at countless farm stands, farmer’s markets and on the appetizer menu of many nice restaurants.

I had padron peppers for the first time last year, when I visited the Zin Restaurant Farm. Jeff threw a bunch of them in a huge fire roaster and we ate them piping hot with sea salt sprinkled over the tops.

I burned my mouth off, but it was worth it. And when I stumbled upon the peppers again last Sunday, when I hit up the Sebastopol Farmers Market with Almanzo, I immediately grabbed ’em!

My favorite way to prepare these peppers is to fry them quickly in olive oil and then sprinkle rock sea salt on top. We ate them straight out of the bowl last night alongside the chili and it really made the meal complete!

They’re not spicy—I swear!

Be on the lookout for these babies at your local farmer’s market!

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  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary
    September 15, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    YUM! I love me a good roasted pepper!!! Are you sure they’re not hot ?! I love hot ;P

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    September 15, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I love peppers!! And I love the idea of eating them with rock salt!!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    September 15, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    If they aren’t hot, what are they like? Green peppers? My hubby loves peppers. I’ll be on the lookout for them!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    September 15, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    They look like they’ll sear my tongue! I’ll trust you though. Just this time 🙂

  • Kendra
    September 15, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    I’m trying to learn to like peppers so maybe I’ll try these.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    September 15, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I want some! And not spicy? Sign me up!

  • LindseyAnn
    September 15, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    I just love that you used “FTW” in your title! 😀

  • Krystina
    September 15, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Are they smoky?

    • jenna
      September 15, 2010 at 3:32 pm

      not really! They just taste like a really mild green chili pepper. I’d also throw these on the bbq for a few minutes–that would be really delicious and give you more of a smoky taste!

  • Sana
    September 15, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    So I already wrote on your bean post about how the don’t settle well with me and the same is true for peppers! Gah I am pretty sure I am missing out! I am Indian, these things should be in my blood!

  • Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    September 15, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Not spicy? Really? Sounds like something to keep on the lookout for, for sure.

  • theemptynutjar
    September 15, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I just saw the design post. Wow. I live in a box of an apartment…I have one chair and one couch, not even a chair to lounge in to watch the TV…sucks! cable wires strung across the floor…clothes stacked on top of garbage bags on the floor…
    and I’m a good chunk of years older than you…oh, yes…my life has come to this.

  • Lola
    September 15, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    you’re right about padron peppers. they’re so simple and delicious. i just ate them a couple of weeks ago, prepared in the same manner, for the first time while i was up in northwest Spain, Galicia everything was so incredible up there…straight out of the ocean or plucked from the ground…prepared simply with a drizzle of olive oil and a dusting of chunky salt.

  • Cara Craves...
    September 15, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Yum. I love peppers!
    I toss them into burritos all the time.

  • K
    September 15, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    I am moving to Madrid one week from today! Those padron peppers are everywhere! Every menu. Typical tapas, right before the squid. 🙂 Love when I get a spicy one!

  • Vicky @ eat live spin
    September 15, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    I love ALL types of peppers! The farmer’s market in NYC has had so many different types of peppers, both hot and not! I have never seen so many types and a lot of them are heirlooms and hybrids!

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks
    September 15, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    I’ve never been into peppers….because I am terrified of the spicy and cry like a little baby when I get even the mildest order from an Indian restaurant…

    …but if you promise they aren’t spicy, I will give them a chance. 😉

  • hippierunner
    September 15, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I’m so curious! If they’re not spicy, what do they taste like? I’ve never really had a pepper.

  • Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman
    September 15, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I love that cute little farmers market in Sebastopol….they have the cutest straw bags there that can be used for a picnic, beach or I guess any adventure. Peppers look good:)

  • Camille
    September 15, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Ooh, I like that idea! Good one!

  • Jenny
    September 15, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Hey Jenna! You know you can get chalkboard paint!? it is awesome and super easy 🙂

  • Nicole
    September 15, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I love the chalkboard idea! That would be great in a kitchen!!

  • Nicole
    September 15, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Interesting, I’ve never ate whole peppers like that straight up, might have to give it a try!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    September 15, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Ive never been a green pepper fan b/c they just have a certain taste I dont totally dig. Or shall I say after taste, seems like I can taste them forever…but I want to find this variety now! You have me convinced & intrigued! 🙂

  • Tabitha (From Single to Married)
    September 15, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Hmm… if you say they’re not spicy, I guess I’ll believe you (cause they sure look spicy)! 🙂

  • Samantha
    September 15, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    those look soo yummy!!!… i have a quick question for you … what is in season right now for produce…. am a college student trying to eat a bit healthier and cheaply… thanks 🙂

  • Samantha
    September 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    those look soo yummy!!!.. i have a quick question for you though.. what produce is in season now.. ? i am a college student trying to eat a bit healthier, yet cheap .. thanks 🙂

  • Jenny
    September 16, 2010 at 5:54 am

    Good to know! 🙂

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    September 16, 2010 at 6:25 am

    Love peppers – of allll kinds! I love how little they are…and that they’re not spicy..not what you’d expect!

  • jenna
    September 16, 2010 at 7:13 am

    yummy!!! these look fantastic! usually small green peppers are spicy…

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    September 16, 2010 at 7:30 am

    that’s good to know! so are you burning your mouth off because they’re temperature hot from cooking or spicy hot? either way, i’m down 🙂

  • eatmovelove
    September 16, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Peppers are great anywhich way – great crunch to them. I can eat them like Apples 🙂

  • Kristina
    September 16, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Padron Peppers are originally from Spain – and they are definitely NOT hot, although the occasionally might suriprise you. Calvin Trillin wrote an entire essay about them for Gourmet magazine.

  • sachi ushihara
    September 16, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    by far my favorite pepper out there. i agree about the sea salt, in addition try a dash of pimenton, which is spanish paprika. they make both mild and picante versions. i like the heat, it’s not too biting but adds a kick. japanese shishito peppers are remarkably similar (i initially confused one for the other, they look almost identical) but are a bit more prone to have HOT ones in a batch. love em!