Pickled Peppers

These addictive peppers are wonderful for snacking, or served with burgers, tacos and sandwiches.

Ingredients:
4 cups assorted peppers (such as sweet Italian peppers, and other favorite varieties!)
1½ cups distilled white vinegar
3 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons black peppercorns
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons coriander seeds

Method:
1. Stem peppers and, leaving seeds, cut into ¼-inch rings, then pack in a clean 1 quart jar.

2. Bring vinegar, all remaining ingredients, and 1½ cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour hot brine over peppers; seal jar. Let cool, then refrigerate. Serve within 1 month.

Pan-Fried Peppers with Lemon & Garlic

Seasoned with slivered garlic, this Bon Appetit recipe is a favorite for enjoying fresh peppers.

Ingredients:
½ pound Jimmy Nardello peppers, or any combination of late summer peppers, left whole
¼ cup vegetable oil
¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt, plus more for serving
2 large garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Method:
1. Heat heavy large skillet over high heat. Add vegetable oil and swirl skillet to coat. Heat until oil is very hot and begins to shimmer, about 1 minute.

2. Add whole peppers and ¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt; stir constantly until peppers are blistered over half their surface, occasionally shaking skillet, about 2 minutes. Add thinly sliced garlic and continue to stir constantly until the peppers are blistered all over, about 2 minutes longer (some will be soft and some will be slightly firm, depending on size).

3. Transfer peppers to paper towels to drain briefly, then place in a medium serving bowl. Add 2 teaspoons lemon juice; sprinkle generously with additional coarse sea salt and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Grana Cheese with Honey & Red Pepper Flakes

The success of this lovely snack depends entirely on the quality of the ingredients, so don’t scrimp!

Ingredients:
¼ pound Farm & Larder Grana-style cheese, shaved or slivered
¼ cup high-quality honey
Pinch red pepper flakes
Focaccia bread

Method:
1. In a small bowl, stir together the honey and red pepper flakes.

2. Layer cheese slices in a small serving dish and drizzle over the honey-red pepper flake mixture. Serve with focaccia alongside for dipping.

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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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