Meatfree Monday- Shishito Peppers

Meatfree Monday- Shishito Peppers

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Woah baby, if you don’t know about these peppers you need to run, don’t walk to your local farmer’s market. According to Wikapedia, “it’s name comes from the Japanease words: 唐辛子 tōgarashi?) becuase it looks like the head of a lion (獅子 shishi?), and in Japanese it is often abbreviated as shishitō”  

They are long, thin green peppers and the farmer tells me, “about 1 in 10 are spicy” Different to a game of Russian roulette while eating your peppers the outcome of getting a spicy pepper is delicious and not deadly. Now this is a game of chance I could get used to. I played around with my first time making these gems and came up with a simply sauté, with garlic and olive oil and spiced with chili flakes and salt.

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Ingredients:
1 box of shishito peppers
Olive Oil
2 cloves of garlic
Salt and chili flakes to taste

Method:
Heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a pan over medium heat
Meanwhile, finely dice your garlic
Pour 1/8 cup of oil on the peppers in a large mixing bowl, sprinkle the salt and chili flakes to your temperature liking and mix well with your hands (Be careful not to touch your face or eyes afterwards!)
Add the garlic to the oil when hot
When the garlic starts to dance, add the pepper mixture
Get all the excess oil, salt and chili flakes!
Cook for a few minutes on each side, flip when the peppers start to slightly blacken 
(keep an eye on the pan and enjoy the smells and watching the peppers pop!

The chili adds a nice spice, but when you get one of those extra spicy ones! Oh yeah, bring on the heat, delicious indeed! Enjoy!
Have you ever cooked with shishito peppers? I’d love to know and learn about your recipes!

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