This is a great snack. It can be turned into a meal in itself plus it’s super quick and only has three ingredients!
I tend not to marinate foods too often. I know, I know…I’m leaving out a whole area of cooking by doing that. But come on, it’s no fun sitting and waiting for meat to soak. This recipe was inspired by Mark Sisson’s Spicy Chicken and Bacon Primal Poppers which of course, you guessed it, has a marinating step and that’s why I changed it up.
I’ve made these poppers many times but the second time I made them was pretty exciting. I mean aside from breathing in the pepper air and coughing while removing the seeds. Oh, and wiping my eyes while doing all of that and you know, making a total mess of myself in the process, I had a pretty exciting evening when I shared the final product with Jeff.
Get yourself settled folks, it’s story time :)
I went to the store and looked at all the different fresh peppers. There were many to chose from.
There’s the typical yellow, red, orange and green bell peppers. Then there’s the baby varieties of the same and gypsy peppers can be categorized under the same size. There’s Thai chili peppers, jalapeño peppers, ancient peppers, anaheim peppers, poblano peppers, peppadew, serrano…and the list goes on and on and on.
But when I saw those itty-bitty-little-red-baby peppers, smaller than my hands, I just had to grab a few.
I came home with a handfull of jalapeño peppers and 3-4 of the super-tiny-oh-so-cute red peppers.
I went straight to work making this popper recipe with all the peppers I bought. While I was cooking I said something to Jeff about the “cute little peppers I picked up to try”…little did we know that I had picked up Scotch bonnet peppers – one of the the highest rated peppers for spiciness on the Scoville scale.
A fun time was had by all and once the fire subsided in our mouths, we enjoyed the jalapeño pepper variety – especially since they tasted uber sweet after the lovely scotch bonnets scarred our taste buds. But this little experience made for a great kitchen story.
The End. :)