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Oct 10, 2006 12:48 PM

What to do with a Bag of Jalapenos and Green Tomatoes?

A generous gardener gave us a bag of jalapeno peppers, probably about 50 of them. Any ideas about what to do with the little gems?
They're just beautiful and I would hate to waste any.
There are loads of green tomatoes, too. So far I have fried some but have never used them any other way.
Any ideas there?

Hoping you have some inspiration/recipes to share.

Thank you!

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  1. If you have a smoker you could make chipotles. Just lay the jalapenos out on the grill and let them smoke for a few hours until they are soft, dark and wrinkled. Try to use as many red chiles as you can. You can keep them frozen as-is for future use, or you can simmer some of them with tomato puree, vinegar, and a little salt and some brown sugar (or piloncillo)to make the sauce. This keeps in a covered jar in the refrigerator for a long time.

    Sarah C

    1. I've been making zhoug from a Claudia Roden recipe in The Book of Jewish Food. It's cilantro, peppers (I use jalapenos), garlic, caraway and cardamon, salt and pepper, ground into a paste w/ water or oil, used as a condiment in (?) Yemen. There are other zhoug recipes on-line, using different spices--cumin is popular.

      1. Hot pepper jelly (made with your jalapenos) is easy and makes a nice holiday gift. Simple instructions are printed on the insert inside a box of Certo liquid pectin. If you don't want to bother with canning it, you can put it into storage containers & keep in the fridge or freezer.

        And somewhere in my library, I have a good green tomato pickle recipe.

        1. Pickling/canning the jalapenos would be good.

          1. Are they really tomatoes or are they tomatillos? If they're tomatillos, I say make salsa!

            If not, get some carrots and some onions and make jalapenos en escabeche.