Thursday 16 July 2009

Funky Padron Peppers

I found these funky looking Padron Peppers in my local supermarket. I've never seen or heard about them before, that's probably just me being ignorant as usual, so I had to grab a bag of them.

It says "1 in 30 has a kick!" on the packaging so I guess I'll have to verify that. I'll also verify if said kick is enough to warrant the image of a angry kicking bull on the front or if it should have been a slightly agitated wax worm instead.

The packaging says to fry them in olive oil for about 3 minutes or until the skin starts to blister, hopefully on the peppers. Once that's done, pop them into a bowl and sprinkle some salt over them.

I'll see if I can find any alternative ways of cooking them or if that is it. Once cooked and tried I'll post my findings up here.

In the meantime if anyone reading this knows anything about these little peppers, drop me a comment and let me know!


  1. Oh, I think you'll like these! They're quite tasty little morsels but originally I heard that 1 in 10 was hot but I think that 1 in 30 is more correct. After all the peppers I can remember eating in the past few years, I've only had one hot one... and it's hot enough to generate one pissed-off cat, rather than a bull or a wax worm! :D

  2. Su-Lin,

    that sounds great. Can't wait to try them tonight then.

    Was thinking of making some kind of tapas platter with this as the base.

    Thanks for your comment!

    // Mike

  3. I like the idea of the surprise with the kick in only some of them. I'll have to keep an eye out for them - which supermarket did you see them in??
    Tapas style sounds great. But then tapas are great :)

  4. goodshoeday,

    Yeah, that's the kind of 'food roulette' I enjoy playing.

    I found them in Waitrose, they should stock them in most shops after what the lady in the checkout said.

    // Mike

  5. Padrons are great!

    Fried in olive oil and with sea salt is the way that you find them in every tapas bar in Spain.

    The other common thing to do is to stuff them with cheese and bake them, it is a bit of a hassle because they are so small, but they taste great.

    I would say that even 1 in 30 is a bit of an overestimate of how often the spicy ones pop up, but apparently you get more spicy ones later in the year as they get to the end of their season.

    I blogged about them recently here:

  6. John,

    I agree, they are great!

    Will have to try stuffing them next time, sounds a bit time consuming but also worth a go.

    Had a look at your post, great info!

    // Mike


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