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Sep 24, 2007 01:40 PM

Rubee: remind me how you did those peppers?

The ones you did for the potluck, similar to the ones at Toro...I'd just have e-mailed you except the world should know how good they are!

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  1. Hi Tatamagouche!

    Pimientos de Padrón - addictive, aren't they? Couldn't be easier to cook.

    I order them from La Tienda, a Spanish company (unfortunately I just checked and they're out of stock).

    If you can get your hands on some, simply fry in olive oil and sprinkle with salt. I used a cast-iron pan over high heat with plenty of extra virgin olive oil, sauteed them until they blistered, and then sprinkled with Spanish smoked sea salt. I could go for some now! So glad you liked them.

    I started an earlier discussion, and, interestingly, Eric Eto mentions them being similar to shishito peppers that you can find in Korean and Japanese markets:

    Pimientos de Padrón

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    1. re: Rubee

      Oh yay, thanks Rubee! Funny you should mention that, b/c my Neptune "replacement" here in Denver (not even close, but it'll do) makes a very similar side dish with shishitos. I think yours are better though.

      1. re: tatamagouche

        Thanks! I really like using the smoked sea salt.

        But whaa? You already found a pseudo-Neptune replacement? But do they have Mercy - wish you could have joined us!

        Hemi semi demi mercy at Neptune

        How do the shishito peppers compare? I assume they're probably not seasonal and easier to find than the Pimientos de Padron, so it might be a good way to get my fix now if I can find them locally....

        1. re: Rubee

          They're fine, but I don't think they have quite the depth of flavor of the Spanish ones you used...

    2. I planted 7 Padron plants in my Pennsylvania garden. They were super easy to grow - nothing bothered them and they just kept on producing all summer. We are still harvesting some in mid October. My only mistake was putting them in front of tomato plants not realizing that they would get to be about 5 feet tall and would eventually shade the tomatoes. These peppers are absolutely addictive. We discovered them when we were in Spain last year. I prepare them the same way Rubee does. They are so easy and Spanish Roulette is a great game to play at dinner parties. If you want to try growing them yourselves next year, I got the seeds from John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds. Here is the URL to the correct page.

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      1. re: mary0201

        Thanks for that helpful info! You've motivated me to try and grow them next year....