Monday, July 8, 2013

Grilled Shishito Peppers

My neighbor Anne passed me this recipe for grilled shishito peppers the other day.  How did she know?  She must have read my mind.  I'd been looking for these peppers on and off since I had them at a restaurant some time ago.  I never came across them until, as fate would have it, the day after Anne handed me the newspaper article.  The peppers are not spicy, but have a slight sweetness to them and taste mild and bright.  Grilled and salted, they are tasty little treats to have with a cold glass of beer.  I made a slight alteration to the recipe which calls for chopped almonds.  Since I did not have any almonds, I used toasted sesame seeds instead.

8 oz Shishito peppers
1 tablespoon pure sesame oil
kosher salt
toasted sesame seeds

Heat your grill on high.
Toss the peppers with the sesame oil and a large pinch of kosher salt.
Grill the peppers until they are blistered and quite soft.
Return the peppers to the same bowl you tossed them in.  Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and additional salt to taste.

Simple and delicious.  We ate ours with a pan fried pork chop and white rice.  

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