Sunday, February 2, 2014

Stir-fried Peppers

Let my first post for the month of February be a fiery one. Well, this recipe isn't exactly hot and spicy as it seems. These peppers are actually sweet-tasting. My mom and aunts went on a road trip to Ilocos recently and brought these as pasalubong. These chilies have a strong resemblance to finger chilies (also called siling pangsigang or siling haba) but taste nothing like them. They have a subtle sweet and nutty flavor -- kind of like Baguio beans. At the market place in Ilocos they are simply called "sweet peppers". I can't exactly say that I have never seen anything like these peppers I just said they do look like the regular, green sili used for our sinigang recipes but I am certain that these are not available here (at least at the local palengke or talipapa where we shop). Those 2 varieties look so much alike that it is likely that the one piece hubby picked with his fork was a "stray" as he was the only (unfortunate) person who instinctively reached for a pitcher of water (I'm not kidding!). Anyway, if you do come across some sweet peppers get some and try this simple recipe. It might just be worth the risk!

Sweet peppers
Olive oil
Garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in a medium heat pan. Add garlic and brown them a little. Set aside. Toss in peppers and cook for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Turn off heat. Add cooked garlic and serve.


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