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Oct 29, 2009 07:50 AM

Philly Hounds - what is a Long Hot?

An online menu I was checking out recently mentioned long hots as a side item with several sandwiches. I forgot to ask when I ate there, so can someone please 'splain it to me?
thanks! :)

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  1. its a kind of hot pepper

    Hot Peppers
    251 Enola St, Enola, PA 17025

    1. they are also called frying peppers and common to italian american cooking in these parts. they are basically long, thickish green peppers that you can fry or roast. they have more kick than banana peppers and are served with their seeds and are excellent on hoagies and warm meat sammies (roast pork, chicken cutlet)....

      Banana Peppers
      840 Gill Hall Rd, Clairton, PA 15025

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      1. re: mazza3

        I'm normally loath to disagree with an Italian about Italian food, but the so-named "frying peppers" sold at - for example - Iovine Brothers are not hot peppers. I was first taught how to make fried peppers - as a child over 30 years ago - by an elderly Italian uncle and they were the same peppers that I buy to this day

        It wouldn't surprise me at all to learn that certain households/families/neighborhood pockets refer to long hots generically as frying peppers, but my understanding is that what are known as frying peppers are not hot, let alone referred to also as long hots

        1. re: coolgeek

          Iovine has both 'frying' and 'italian hot'. Frying are wider and lighter green, hot are darker green or red and are wrinkley and very narrow.

          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

            "Frying", I think, are Cubanelles. I use them a lot in Caribbean/Cuban recipes and find them more delicate than a typical "green pepper".


            Long hots are definitely as you describe. Longer, thinner, wrinkly. And hot. Over here in South Jersey they are pretty ubiquitous in summer farm markets and look like this. Often served in Italian-American restaurants cooked down in olive oil with garlic to enjoy with crusty bread.


      2. When seen with sandwichs as side, are sauteed in oil often earlier not to order, either red or green and usually add great texture and heat to a sandwich.

        1. Well Does anybody know the name of these peppers?? There are NO plants called Italian Long Hots. I'm trying to find out.

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          1. re: mmoore289

            Take a look at this link. It has several suggestions from people in Philadelphia.

            1. re: mmoore289

              I went to Seeds From Italy, where I get a lot of unique veggies and herbs to grow in my garden, and there are a few pepper varieties that look like the typical "Italian Long Hots" available, although the description says they are sweet not hot:


            2. these look like the "long hots" that I grew up with, but I've seen different variations, some use the light green/yellowish long peppers,
              some use a more substantial, smoother pepper (nj long hot hybrid)

              My grandfather grew peppers that looked similar to the curled/wrinkly ones, he would keep seeds from the hottest plants each year, till eventually they were too hot for anyone but him to eat
              (then he'd start over with a new batch, and keep a row of peppers for just himself)
              he started in hot beds and in the late spring, he was everyone's best friend who wanted seedlings (LOL)

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              1. re: cgarner

                I once grew hot banana peppers next to sweet banana peppers.

                A little cross pollination took place and the sweet ones had sweet flesh but firey seeds.