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Piquillo pepper emergency!

AnneInMpls May 13, 2011 09:02 PM

Well, not an emergency, but an urgent request...

I've decided to serve Spanish wines at a weekend wine tasting, so I am scrambling for Spanish ingredients. Has anyone seen any canned or jarred piquillo peppers in town? I would love to approximate Solera's peppers stuffed with goat cheese.

So far, I've checked at Surdyk's - didn't see any, though I was moving quickly. (They did have Spanish chorizo, yay, and some awesome raw-milk Manchego.)

I reread the "Spanish groceries" thread, and will probably call Sur La Table and Whole Foods tomorrow morning. But I would love a more concrete lead for some luscious pequillo peppers!
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/780272

Thanks,
Anne

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Solera
900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

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    rockyd RE: AnneInMpls May 13, 2011 09:43 PM

    Check Kitchen Window.

    I am pretty sure they carry them or I have see them somewhere else and just think it was there.

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    Kitchen Window
    3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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      LauraB RE: rockyd May 14, 2011 08:28 AM

      Kitchen Window had piquillo peppers on Thursday when I was there buying hot smoked paprika, but I am not sure if they had whole ones or only strips.

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      3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

    2. MplsM ary RE: AnneInMpls May 13, 2011 09:57 PM

      I'm almost sure I've seen them at Bill's Imported Foods.

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      Bill's Imported Foods
      721 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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        MplsM ary RE: MplsM ary May 18, 2011 03:29 PM

        I called Bill's Imported Foods and they said that right now they only have one kind. Which to me means they usually have more than one.

        So I'm not wrong ALL the time.

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        Bill's Imported Foods
        721 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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          AnneInMpls RE: MplsM ary May 19, 2011 07:14 AM

          Yay! Thanks for the research! I'll be down that way this weekend, and will try to stop in at Bill's. The goat-cheese stuffed peppers I made last week were great with plain red peppers; bet they'll be awesome next time with the piquillos.

      2. bob s RE: AnneInMpls May 13, 2011 10:31 PM

        As coincidence would have it, yesterday I bought a 32.45 oz jar [I think the technical term for the jar is big honkin'] of Del Destino Grilled Sweet Piquillo Peppers at the St. Louis Park Costco. If I remember correctly, it was about $5-6.

        Bob

        1. BigSal RE: AnneInMpls May 14, 2011 04:37 AM

          I've purchased piquillos at Surdyk's before. I wonder if they were out. If I remember correctly, they are along the wall and between the bread and olive oil near the capers, sardines, etc. I find that they have a nice selection of Spanish ingredients which means less web shopping for me at La Tienda. Surdyk's used to sell Jamon Iberico. An expensive indulgence, but worth it. I hope they bring it back.

          Enjoy your wine tasting.

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            Fudist RE: BigSal May 14, 2011 07:06 AM

            Try El Burrito Mercado.

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            El Burrito Mercado
            175 Cesar Chavez St, St Paul, MN 55107

          2. splatgirl RE: AnneInMpls May 14, 2011 10:00 AM

            I think Samba restaurant/market in Hopkins has them

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              penelopek RE: AnneInMpls May 16, 2011 08:15 AM

              I have had good luck finding piquilla peppers at Trader Joe's, actually. They also have some decent oil-packed yellowfin tuna, and some good-for-the-price anchovies.

              1. AnneInMpls RE: AnneInMpls May 16, 2011 10:15 AM

                Y'all are awesome - thanks! I ran out of time for shopping (too much "research" at the Zipp's and Solo Vino tastings this weekend) but I will be buying some piquillo peppers in the near future. My regular red peppers with goat cheese were a hit - with pequillos, they'd knock people's socks off! Thanks again.

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                  AnneInMpls RE: AnneInMpls May 18, 2011 02:49 PM

                  Stopped in at Trader Joe's today, but they've discontinued the piquillo peppers. (A nice employee explained and apologized.) I'll keep looking - perhaps I'll even get out to Hopkins to try the food and groceries at Samba.

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                    penelopek RE: AnneInMpls May 19, 2011 08:54 PM

                    Bummer. They were so convenient. Thanks for the update!

                2. BigSal RE: AnneInMpls May 29, 2011 08:07 AM

                  I know Anne has already made her dish, but for others that are looking for piquillos, I saw some to day at Kowalski's in Uptown. They were in the gourmet cheese section next to the deli.

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                    AnneInMpls RE: BigSal May 29, 2011 09:38 PM

                    Thanks for the info! I'm going to make this dish again (goat-cheese-stuffed peppers) so I need to stock up on a few jars of pequillos. It's good to know that they ARE available in town.

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                    Maggie19 RE: AnneInMpls May 31, 2011 12:26 PM

                    I buy fresh at El Burrito Mercado, they may have canned or jars ... Just another place to call or look.

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                    175 Cesar Chavez St, St Paul, MN 55107

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                      suburban_mom RE: AnneInMpls Jul 21, 2011 08:49 AM

                      I just thought I would bump this up since Costco in Eden Prairie has jarred piquillo peppers right now.

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