The Power of Peppers
Peppers come in a variety of shapes and sizes with varying degrees of hotness. Use the best of the season to add a sweet or spicy kick to these delictable, light, and fresh recipes.
First up is our Grilled Stuffed Jalapeños. The rich and creamy combination of bacon, cream cheese, and cheddar nicely contrasts the muted spice of grilled jalapeño peppers. This appetizer recipe is a healthy, fresh alternative to the popular breaded and fried version.
Charred Shishito Peppers
Charring refers to singeing and blistering the outermost layer of a food over extremely hot heat. This makes for a bolder flavor and adds a smoky nuance. Be aware: This type of high-heat cooking creates a lot of smoke, so be sure to ventilate the kitchen, or cook (in the pan) over an outdoor grill. Shishito peppers are tender, usually mild, and enjoyed whole. Serve with our spicy sauce or squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
Jerk Chicken and Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers
For a great tasting weeknight dinner with lots of bold flavor, try this jerk chicken and stuffed peppers recipe. The mini bell peppers will be a big hit, and the creamy filling will help tame the heat of the jerk chicken.
Grilled Vegetable and Fontina Pizza
This grilled veggie pizza is a gorgeous medley of red pepper, zucchini, mushrooms, red onion, and sweet basil. Also consider orange, yellow, or purple sweet peppers such as Merlot, Golden Treasures, or Canary Bell. With refrigerated fresh pizza dough and a few minutes on the grill, dinner is on the table in minutes.
Marinated Peppers and Mozzarella
Serve this stunning dish solo as a predinner nosh, or spoon over mixed lettuces for a fresh spin on salad. Reserve excess oil, and toss it with steamed brown rice or noodles.
Roasted Habanero Finishing Salt
A sprinkle of this salt right before serving adds a spicy kick and pleasant crunch. Baking draws all the moisture out of the pepper, preserving it. Try the salt on radishes, scrambled eggs, or sliced melon—a little salt intensifies the sweetness of the fruit.
Roasted Red Pepper-and-Corn Salsa
To keep the corn from drying out on the grill, soak the ears in water first. You can grill the corn and bell peppers at the same time, but check the peppers earlier, since they cook faster. The salsa is great as an appetizer or as a topping for grilled meats, fish, or poultry.
We consider this to be pretty hot, a go-to condiment for fire breathers. For a milder version, remove the seeds from one or both serranos.
Tomato-Baby Bell Pepper Tartlets
For the prettiest appearance, use red, yellow, and orange bell peppers. If you can't find baby bell peppers, use julienne strips of regular bell pepper.
Grilled Peppers and Lentil Salad
Tender, savory lentils paired with cooked peppers and cilantro converts this dish from a bland bean salad to a delectable and healthy meal. Use any combination of sweet bell peppers you like: green, red, yellow, and purple.
Creamy Pumpkin-Red Pepper Soup
This outstanding soup can be topped with a variety of things: we love Parmigiano-Reggiano and rosemary, but savory sprinkles like chopped smoked almonds or toasted pecans would be lovely. This tastes even better the next day...or the day after.
Jalapeño, Sausage, Jack, and Egg Breakfast Braid
Follow something spicy with something fruity. Sweet and savory make a good flavor combination for breakfast in general, so serve this with a fruit garnish like grapes or melon.
Homemade Pita Chips with Red Pepper Dip
These guiltless chips are full of flavor and oh-so-easy to make. We bake our pita wedges until they're crisp, and then blend together roasted red bell peppers with almonds and other high-flavor ingredients. The results are a healthy, full-flavored snack.
Hot Pepper Vinegar
Chop and sprinkle these pickled peppers over salads or on sandwiches. Use the vinegar mixture to kick up salad dressing.
Sweet and Spicy Pepperonata
Use a variety of hot and sweet peppers in red, orange, and yellow for superior flavor and color in this dish. Serve as a side with grilled meat or fish, or as an appetizer spooned over grilled bread.
Grill flames give hot peppers delectable smokiness. Find queso fresco at Mexican markets or in the Latin cheese section of large supermarkets.
Summery Stuffed Poblanos
In this garden-inspired recipe, charred poblano chiles are stuffed with a delicious grilled corn and rice mixture. Before placing them in the oven, sprinkle with queso fresco and broil until golden. Serve with hot sauce, if desired.
Peppery Potato Omelet
Serve this vegetarian egg dish for summer brunch with friends.