For those of you who have had the experience of growing vegetables in your garden, the major problem faced is how to use all those vegetables that you are growing? You cannot bear to see all your effort go to waste, so you decide to give away all those tomatoes to passersby on way to work.
Some varieties of vegetables tend to grow very fast and one among them is the banana pepper. This particular veggie is available in both the hot and sweet varieties, offering beta-carotene and fiber along with Vitamin A and Vitamin C. The best part is that it does not require lots of attention and grow pretty easily on their own.
The right time for plucking this veggie from the plant is when it turns yellow and fully gains the shape of a banana. This is how the veggie got its name. To learn what else you can do with these banana peppers other than include them in salads, continue with this piece of writing.
Recipes based on Banana Peppers
“Stuffed Banana Peppers”:
The concept of stuffing peppers is not new. All of us are acquainted with dishes like “stuffed green peppers” but peppers are generally not favored by many. So, the idea of stuffing banana peppers might give the dish a new twist. Since these banana peppers are more benign that normal bell peppers, they completely alter the taste of the classic “stuffed peppers” dish. The stuffing may or may not include meat. Alternatives to meat allow the use if quinoa or rice or some other meat based alternative.
For preparation, you will need meat weighing a pound each for say, four to five, average-sized spicy or mild banana peppers.
Cut the pepper’s top portion, but do not dissociate it completely from the body. Let it hang like “flip-top”. Fry the minced beef or the sausage in a pan and leave it alone.
Now, in a separate container, preferably a large bowl, pour in bread crumbs, one egg, Romano cheese, pepper, and salt to taste and mix them all well.
Following this, add the meat and some of the bread crumbs or cheese or maybe one more egg, according to your requirement in the stuffing-moist or dry. Stuff the peppers with the mixture you have prepared and cover them up with the pepper tops.
Use olive oil to fry these stuffed peppers till such time each of the sides are brown in color. You can serve it hot with cheese topping along with marinara sauce.
“Pepper for Pizza”:
We are all well-acquainted with the toppings for pizza- mushrooms, sausages and pepperoni. But the variation is brought when you try using your own garden veggies to replace these toppings as a nutritional and tasteful replacement.
Due to the variance in the flavors of banana peppers, they add taste to the pizza going well with the other pizza toppings like cheese. So, here we go with a prompt pizza recipe.
You can either prepare your own dough for the pizza or buy a readymade base; the same applies to the sauce for pizza. If you are preparing the dough on your own, keep border so that it can act as the crust for your pizza. Provide a generous layer of sauce, using a ladle’s back for making the layer. Now, apply another generous layer of grated cheese, preferably mozzarella.
Add torn “arugua leaves” in another layer. Use “Italian salami” as topping and place banana pepper rings sliced properly.
Place this pie in an oven with 450 degrees as temperature for baking. It will take 20-25 minutes for the pizza to cook. You can add parmesan cheese over the hot pizza to add flavor to the dish.
These are two of the easiest preparations you can make with banana peppers. Their versatility in taste makes them a better choice in the category of peppers. You can also implement your own innovative ideas for making new dishes with this vegetable.
Veggies that you grow in your backyard go to waste most of the times. Banana peppers is one of those that you can use wisely in preparing healthy and tasteful recipes.