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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wow, great ideas. I probably won't go through the canning process as I don't have the equipment but loved the suggestions of pickling. Can I do it and just use them up quickly?
Smoking sounds great. Must a smoker be used or can it be done on a regular grill? Or some other way?
Have never had zhoug, sounds good. I think I have what that calls for. How do you use yours?
Pepper jelly! Takes me back. Will try that, too. Love the idea of giving it as gifts.
I think I have enough to do a little bit of several things. If my week stays as open as I hope it will I'll have some kitchen time.
Tonight I used jalapenos in chimichurri sauce and served it with beef. So quick and it was really good.
Haven't had poppers in ages. tasty stuff. Speaking of waistlines however, I may have to avoid the poppers after all. Sad!
I try to make myself believe the saying "Nothing tastes as good as thin feels." but I know it simply ain't so.
Thanks again for all the ideas. I'll report back if I get anything done.
You can also use the green tomatoes for green tomato chutney. Cooking them down with cider vinegar, onions, brown sugar, peppercorns, raisins and apples results in a delicious condiment. It can be canned or kept refrigerated for quite awhile. Here's a link to one recipe I found:
Well, I smoked the jalapenos on the Weber grill. Wanted to try several of your suggestions but time ran out.
Not sure if I did it exactly right, actually, but I think they'll add good flavor to things even if they're not perfect. I used hickory chips, which is what I had in the garage. Anxious to use some peppers this month in the Bayless Cookathon.
As for the tomatoes, I just fried them. They were delicious, though.
Thanks for your ideas!
I had such a great time trying something new. Now I want to try using the grill to smoke other things.