Smoky Summer Pepper & Eggplant Salsa

This smoky salsa is a wonderful boost for burgers, sausages and more.

Ingredients:
2 Jimmy Nardello red peppers
1 Basque pepper
1 Pimento pepper
2 fingerling eggplant
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 shallots, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 Piment d’Espellete pepper, minced
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1 small bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons freshly chopped dill

Method:
1. Roast the eggplant and peppers directly over the flame of a gas burner, or put under a preheated broiler, turning frequently, until completely blackened and soft. Place in a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to sweat for about 10 minutes. Then, remove and peel off all blackened skin and discard. Remove stems and seeds from bell pepper and chop finely; cut stem off eggplant and chop finely.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet, add onion and garlic, and sauté for about 5 minutes until soft. Transfer to a large bowl and add bell peppers, eggplant, the remaining oil, chile pepper, sugar, salt, lemon juice, cilantro and dill, and mix well.

Sweet & Spicy Pepper Relish

This amazing topping brings the sweet heat and is delicious spooned over scrambled duck eggs!

Ingredients:
3 cups chopped chile peppers, such as a combination of this week’s Anaheim, Jimmy Nardello and French sweet peppers
¾ cup white wine vinegar
½ cup sugar
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ small onion chopped
2 teaspoons yellow mustard seed
Salt to taste

Method:
1. Add all ingredients to a large pan and heat to medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a light boil.

2. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 25-30 minutes, or until liquid is reduced and absorbed into the mixture.

3. Add to a jar and allow to cool before serving; it also keeps well in the fridge for about a month!

Pepper, Fennel & Onion Relish

Jimmy Nardello peppers lends themselves perfectly to this classic trio—an excellent condiment-style topping for sandwiches, scrambled eggs or even crostini!

Ingredients:
4 Jimmy Nardello peppers, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 fennel bulbs, trimmed and coarsely chopped
1 red onion, peeled and chopped
¼ cup olive oil
Sea salt

Method:
1. Preheat broiler.

2. Toss together all ingredients with ½ teaspoon salt in a large shallow baking pan. Broil 4 inches from heat until vegetables begin to soften, about 10 minutes. Turn over and stir, then broil 8 to 10 minutes more. Serve sprinkled with fennel fronds.

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Roasted Grapes with Thyme

These juicy grapes boast an intense flavor, and are wonderful served with a sharp cheese and warm baguette bread.

Ingredients:
1 pound Canadice grapes, rinsed and stemmed
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. In a large sheet pan, mix grapes, olive oil, fresh thyme leaves, salt and pepper. Bake, shaking pan occasionally, until grapes are beginning to blister, 15-18 minutes. Use immediately or let stand until ready to use, up to 4 hours.

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