Well, it happened again. Last week it was tomatoes; this week--peppers. The accumulation of these colorful and tasty vegetables reached a critical mass, and I was forced to be faced with dispatching of them in as many creative ways possible.
An extra difficulty: One person in our household does not like bell peppers. Challenge...accepted.
I had accumulated a number of different kinds of peppers, including banana, Cubanelle, bell, and mixed sweet. I also tend to keep jalapeno and Fresno peppers on my grocery rotation, so (all in all) we've had quite an explosion of pepper recipes on our dinner table. Not one complaint so far...
Here are some of our favorite recipes using fresh peppers:
-Thai Shrimp Curry: This was one of the first recipes that I curated myself, from a combination of 3 other recipes I had tried from various places. I first served it at a Christmas-time gathering with our extended family last December, and it has been a hit ever since.
Pairing: Gunpowder Falls Dunkel
-Veggie Frittata: This easy one-skillet dish has a nice blend of late summer vegetables, topped with Asiago cheese.
-Pot of Gold Soup: This beautiful bowl is the culmination of a bringing-together of veggie broth, saffron, carrots, and yellow and/or orange peppers. It is just beautiful.
Pairing: Allegro Skin Chardonnay
-Ratatouille Nests: This is an amazing way to bring together the bounty of an August garden: eggplant, squashes, peppers, and tomatoes. Serving the ratatouille over a nest of egg pasta is truly inspired.
Pairing: Allegro Dry Rosé
-Kicky Fingers: Raw jalapeno peppers give these fingerling potatoes a peppery kick.
-Pickled (Sweet) Peppers: Honestly, who doesn't want to pack a pint of pickled peppers? This recipe produces sweet pickled peppers which are an amazing accompaniment to sandwiches and salads.
-Homemade Salsa: With 6 (!) kinds of peppers in the fridge, I turned to a friendly online recipe for Freezer Salsa and cooked up a big batch. I like being able to control the heat in the salsa, and added some extra cilantro.
-Many Pepper Relish: You can make this versatile condiment more or less spicy, depending on your blend of peppers. Wonderful with crackers and cream cheese!