Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Piquillo Peppers stuffed with Orange and Cumin Scented Goat Cheese - Welcome to the Wonderful World of “Tapas!”

I LOVE tapas! Here is the Wikipedia definition: Tapas (pronunciation: TAH-pas) are a variety of Spanish appetizers, such as mixed olives, cheeses, or an elaborate creation like battered and fried baby squid. In Spain, tapas are usually given for free to accompany a drink before dinner. In the United States and the United Kingdom, tapas have evolved into an entire cuisine where patrons order many different small Spanish dishes and combine them for a full meal.

Well, this clip you’re about to watch is my favorite all-time tapas plate. The amazing Piquillo pepper stuffed with cumin and orange scented goat cheese. Words really don’t do it justice. By the way, these just aren’t any roasted red peppers. They are the world famous piquillo peppers!

They’re sweet, slightly piquant, and unlike anything you’ve had before. They come from the Ebro River Valley, in Northern Spain. They are slow roasted over charcoal, where they lose almost 60% of their weight in water, which results in their legendary intense flavor. Find these! And eat these! These are very common in any decent gourmet store or of course online.

By the way, I’m going to show you how to make the Almond and Parsley Salsa Verde that I top these with in another post.


Spanisheyes28 said...

Hello Chef John,
I Love spicy food, and anything "foodie" that involves chilie, I have seen your stuffed pepper video and that was awsome. Since you make cooking seem easy and enjoyable could you do a video for Jalapeno poppers? Thank you!

Warm regards(no pun intended-LOL)

Anonymous said...

Chef, this looks amazing! I'd love to try it for my New Year party. Link to the salsa verde, please?

Happy new Year!