Padron Peppers – Perfect Tapas!

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I have been waiting for about a year for Waitrose to get Padron Peppers back in stock. If you’ve never had Padron Peppers then do grab a bag and try them; they’re little green peppers with a mild, ever-so-slightly spicy taste, but one in every twenty or thirty has a serious kick. It’s like Pepper Roulette! You fry them off in a little oil (I use mild olive) and then, when the skins are blistered, pop them in a bowl and season with plenty of Maldon Sea Salt. (Or any salt, but I like the big flaky texture of Maldon!)

The peppers look so pretty as a little tapas dish – you leave them whole, no need to de-stalk or de-seed – and I like to serve them when I do my Mexican feasts! Not authentic, no doubt, but they are too tasty for me to care all that much. Catch them quick – they only stay in stock for a couple of months, then they seem to get rid of them. Maybe if I petition then Waitrose will keep them in permanently!

Mmm. £2 per bag – they’re at Waitrose online here if you want to take a look!

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  1. Jenni Retourne
    November 22, 2012 / 1:05 pm

    Oh thank you for this Ruth, I love padrons! Tesco used to do them and then stopped, I was gutted! The first time I ever tried padron peppers was in a tapas bar in Brighton – I thought it was a gimmick but then ate a hot one and it blew my mouth off!

  2. Tammy
    November 22, 2012 / 1:44 pm

    Looks great. Do I just find them in normal fruit & veg section? Never see them in Waitrose before!

  3. Trine
    November 22, 2012 / 7:43 pm

    Ohh my absolute favorite food – allways stock up whenever I am in Spain. Living i DK, Padron Peppers are really hard to come by ie impossible. SO have imported seeds – so I can grow some next summer. FIngers crossed they can survive danish summer.
    Love your blog.
    FIngers crossed you will have a few spicy ones ;)

  4. Joana
    November 22, 2012 / 10:55 pm

    I love these, have them all the time here in Portugal.
    Sometimes I have to let one or two go because I cannot stand how spicy they are hahaha Absolute roulette, as you say!

  5. Susan Fallon
    November 25, 2012 / 12:24 pm

    Maldon is sweet compared to other salts, and really is an addiction of mine x

  6. Jules
    November 25, 2012 / 2:23 pm

    went to two Waitrose stores yesterday but not there. Staff member said they no longer were stocking them :-(

  7. Ana
    December 1, 2012 / 1:09 am

    I’m from Spain and I never expected to read about Padrón peppers in your blog. We don’t have them all year round so don’t expect to have them either, at least not the real ones.

    It’s sad that we have one of the most healthy and delicious foods from around the world and we don’t know how to sell our cooking the way other countries do.

    Thanks for your blog and for this post in particular.

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