When I saw these little peppers on my kitchen counter at the farm I thought they were just baby green bell peppers. Oops…
Although related to bells, I learned that Padrón Peppers are actually a unique variety of pepper originating in Pardón, Spain. Ranging from the size of an olive to the size of your finger, Padróns have a deliciously mild flavor that is perfectly suited to a simple sauté with olive oil, garlic and salt (but I threw in some thinly sliced chili too).
Prepare a bowl full and serve as a fun finger-food appetizer at your next dinner party, along with some crusty bread. But be careful…diving in to a bowl full of Padróns can be a spicy adventure as some are very mild, but some are very hot!
Look for Padrón Peppers at your local farmers market or farm stand.