Pimientos de Padrón are a popular tapas, especially when they´re in season during the summer. They are little green peppers that come from a town in Galicia (northern Spain) called Padrón. So, their name translated means “peppers from Padrón”. A little saying about them is that “algunos pican, otros no” which means “some are hot, some are not”. To be honest, as a dedicated chili eater, they´re mostly not that spicy…apart from some we grew last year which seemed to want to be like all the other chilis in the vegetable garden and nearly blew my head off!
If you do manage to find them, all you do is deep fry them in very hot oil. When the skin starts to blister and turn black (this will take long moments rather than long minutes), drain them and sprinkle heavily with coarse salt.
Eat with a cold beer to wash down the spicy, salty tastes or a delicious clara (that´s a shandy to you and me).
And whilst you´ve got that oil hot, how about quickly deep frying some sage leaves and sprinkling them with salt too.
They can become really addictive, and as it´s a herb they´ve got to be better for you than crisps…haven´t they?!