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Peppadew peppers are quite a regular feature when my parents come back and take repossession over the home to invite a group of friends over since they are so versatile.
They are generally very bright red in colour and the shape of miniature bell or capsicum peppers hollowed out so you don't need to worry about the pith or seeds going everywhere which is quite convenient if you need a fast appetizer or tapas course.
Flavour wise they are sweet and bitter with a mild vinegar or pickled flavour, though the water they come in seems to smell a little like cocktail cherries sweet and fruity with a twinge of vinegar that makes your face scrunch up. The texture is quite crunchy and there is a certain coarseness or rough feeling of the skin and inside of the peppers that you would also expect from a bell or capsicum pepper in its raw form.
In terms of being purchased in a jar this large size like in the picture above it works out really well if you are having a lot of people over and they are easier to hoke out with a fork due to the wide mouth though sometimes I have real trouble trying to open them due to a lack of upper body strength and the width of the lid itself as I also have quite small hands and usually have to ask my dad or boyfriend to open them. This isnt ideal though if they aren't around and my mum and I are trying everything to open them while they are away watching the match or getting wine etc for the night ahead.
Also after opening I would advise that you eat them quite sharpish or within the week (if they last that long) as they don't seem to smell the same or look as nice after that and either end up festering in the back of the fridge or get thrown out which seems like an awful waste.
To make them look more interesting we spoon and stuff the little peppers with soft cheeses like a herbie Philadelphia or goats cheese as the creamy texture seems to work well with the crunchy texture and fruity sharp flavour of the peppers themselves. First we would drain and dab the peppers with a bit of kitchen roll to dry them off a bit. You can try a whole range of cheeses to stuff them with however we find these work out the best. You can also either serve these on their own with a bowl of olives and some cured meats with bread or you can shove them in with a nice green lettuce salad to jazz it up a bit or use them instead of beetroot as they seem to have similar flavours but don't seem to die everything pink.
I don't seem to have any disadvantages for these other than they are a little bit hard to open and perhaps do become a little bit sickly and rich after a while. Though if it opened too easily I suppose you would question the freshness of the product and the glass jar is widely recyclable.
I love finding things to add a little extra tang to my foods, and one of my recent favourites has to be Peppadew's.
Peppadews are small red peppers, similar in size to a cheery tomato, which are de-seeded and then pickled in a mild vinegar .
The jar is as illustrated above , clear glass that shows the contents off, with a smart black label and a black lid . The first jar I ever bought , I really struggled to open - I tried everything, tapping the top, tapping the bottom, wearing rubber gloves - it refused to open .
In the end, I wound a can opener into the lid to break the seal, then twisted the lid off - at least I knew the peppers were fresh .Of course, then I had to store them in an airtight container to keep them fresh - but they do keep fresh for up to 6 weeks when opened.
Luckily, that first jar was the only one that ever gave me any trouble . You can eat these on their own - the taste is sweet with a mild heat that slowly creeps up on you, and a slight tang from the vinegar. They're soft and yet somehow crunchy at the same time, and have a rather fruity smell. There is a touch of spicy heat to them, but no uncomfortable burn.
You don't just have to eat them on their own though - I love to fill them with a little cream cheese, and to stir them into fried rices and stir-frys . I even chuck a few onto a doner kebab every so often .
Per 100g, these peppers contain 113 calories, and 0.4g of fat . That's incredibly low in fat, so eating these is pretty guilt free!
You can find these on the pickle aisle of your local supermarket , and a jar costs £2.99 at sainsburys currently . Asda also stock them pre-filled with cream cheese, with a 250g jar costing £3.31 . With such a big price hike, its easy to see why I fill them myself!
I love these, they're yummy - Try some chopped into pasta coated mozzarella and pesto - absolutely delicious . You can also make a cheats red pepper soup by blending a jar of these with an onion and a tin of tomatoes, and adding a swirl of cream.For a crunchy snack on their own, or just a touch of sweet spice added to a recipe, these are wonderful . The only problem is that I've now started to add them to everything- so a jar never lasts long!
I absolutely adore these peppers. There is a mild version of these available but I like them a bit hotter so these are my favourite.
It's hard to explain how spicy they are but I would say they are hot enough to have a kick but not too hot that they burn your lips, and the heat doesn't take anything away from their actual sweet flavour, which I find really lovely.
They cost £2.69 for a 375g jar from sainsbury's but if you like them, they won't last too long.
I literally use these in everything, I chop them up and add them to chillies, pasta, omelet's, salads and even sandwiches. They are really versatile.
They are a small pepper, about the size of a truffle. They have the sweetness of a red pepper, but they are thinner and they are spicy, and they have a bit of a crunch to them, even though they are in a jar filled with vinegar. You can often buy them from the supermarket filled with cream cheese or feta, and you could easily do that yourself with a jar of these.
The only thing I would say about these is that sometimes they still have a couple of seeds in them and if you bite into one of them, they are quite bitter, but they are easy enough to scoop out before hand. Unless you are greedy like me and tend to just sneak into the jar for the odd one as a snack!
If you like spice and peppers, you will love these, and if you are not keen on the spice, I would definitely try the mild ones.
Peppadew Sweet Piquante Peppers