Our Homemade Hungarian Pepper Spreads with a Smokey flavor!

Our Homemade Hungarian Pepper Spreads with a Smokey flavor!

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Peppers are one vegetable most anyone can grow, whether in a full garden, raised bed, or even a garden container. Hungarian peppers are one variety that is particularly easy and plentiful. Be sure to view our technique for smoking Hungarian wax peppers as this spread recipe features a smoked pepper as the key ingredient. Once you have your smoked peppers, you are ready to learn two options for a Smoked Hot Pepper Spread that have so many uses.

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The bowl of finished ember cooked sweet peppers

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Ingredients:

  • An Outside fireplace or pit that is clean of ashes
  • Cast iron skillet, if you prefer to cook in a container rather than directly on the embers
  • Sweet peppers- medium to large size, any color though multi colored ones provide for a better presentation, 10-18 quantity
  • SmokinLicious® Grande Sapore® wood chipsAsh wood or your favorite wood species
  • Herbs – optional
  • Drizzle of Extra Virgin olive oil

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Try our Mushroom tapenade on the grill with Peppers

Try our Mushroom tapenade on the grill with Peppers

 

MUSHROOM TAPENADE ON THE WOOD GRILL

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I’m the type of person who likes to put their own spin on a traditional recipe and make it my own. I’m also one to take liberties with traditional ingredients in that recipe. That’s why I found a great way to use all those peppers I have growing in my vegetable garden in a recipe take on the traditional tapenade.

I’m using a combination of Hungarian and cubanelle peppers in this great topping that will include portabella mushrooms as well.

Grab some of your favorite peppers and learn how easy it is to make great recipes on the gas grill with hardwood for another flavor level.

Where to Start

Fresh Mushrooms are a must for Tapenade

Normally, tapenade is made with very precise cuts to the olives, usually a fine dice. I’m not going to be as precise with my cuts but will be doing a dice on the peppers and a rough chop on the portabella mushrooms. Before getting the main vegetables started for the tapenade, I want to heat up the grill so my wood chunks will already be smoking. I turn the burners on medium for one half of the grill only. On that side, I place a metal smoker box that has a couple of hardwood chunks, directly on my heat shield of a hot burner. Close the lid and let the grill get to 325°F.

Meanwhile, I’ve picked some fabulous sweet and hot peppers from my garden and purchased some great looking portabella mushrooms to be the main component of my tapenade. I carefully remove the seeds and membranes from about ten peppers and dice fine. I coarse chop the mushrooms and add this to a pan. Then I drizzle about 1 tablespoon of oil, I’m using avocado oil, on the vegetables and one stick of melted butter to the pan. I season with a little salt and fresh ground pepper and mix. This pan will go on the unlit side of the grill. Close the lid and allow to wood grill for 45 minutes.

Tasting Notes: Since I’m taking liberties with what can go in a tapenade, feel free to experiment with other vegetables you may have available like eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, tomato, etc.

Tapenade Sauce

Although tapenades are usually oil based, I’m making mine with more of a creamy undertone to balance the hot pepper flavor. I start by placing 1 cup of ricotta cheese in a bowl. I add about ¼ cup Parmesan cheese and a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar – I’m using a tangerine flavor. Then in go my fresh herbs – rosemary, tarragon, and oregano. Mix together and prepare to add to the grilled and wood smoked vegetables after they’ve cooked for about 45 minutes.

Mixing the ingredients

With the sauce constructed, it’s time to add it to the buttery wood-fired vegetables. Place the sauce in the pan of vegetables and mix it well. Let this cook on the grill for another 15 minutes. The creaminess of the ricotta will counter the spicy peppers to make this a refreshing topping. Obviously, this basic recipe can be used with a variety of vegetables. Simply alter the sauce ingredients to balance what your vegetable focus is. I prefer this tapenade version on crostini for an appetizer, directly on animal proteins whether beef, turkey, chicken, pork or game. It also works extremely well on an animal protein sandwich such as brisket and pork shoulder. And, on pasta – well, let’s just say, make a lot! This is just another example of how easy the two-zone method using wood for flavor is on just about any food.

Tasting Notes: If you prefer not to use a cheese in the sauce, you can make this with Greek yogurt. I recommend you add about 2 teaspoons of arrowroot or another thickener to bring the consistency in line with a cheese-type sauce.

SmokinLicious® products used in this recipe:

Wood Chunks- Double & Single Filet

Additional reading:

-MUSHROOMS GO SMOKY-WOOD FIRED

-STUFFED MUSHROOM APPETIZER FEATURING SMOKED ARTICHOKE HEART

-SPICY-CHAR HUMMUS

Dr. Smoke this recipe Mushroom tapenade is a keeper! try it!

Dr. Smoke this recipe Mushroom tapenade is a keeper! try it!

Our fire Roasted Pepper make the perfect Salad with these white beans!

Our fire Roasted Pepper make the perfect Salad with these white beans!

FIRE ROASTED PEPPER MAKE THE PERFECT SALAD

Summary:

Fire roasted peppers by ember cooking on hot coals in our open pit or charring peppers on the grill for this roasted peppers salad. Fire roasted pepper make the perfect salad blog and should be in you roasted peppers salad recipes under healthy foods! The fresh parsley, arugula, added to the white beans are refreshing! You must try this!

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If you are a follower or subscriber of ours, then you’ve likely seen our recommendations for charring peppers on the hot coals using an open pit, fireplace, charcoal grill or even gas grill. It’s so easy yet gives such a flavorful outcome to use in all types of recipes.

I’m giving you a salad recipe that is hearty enough to be a salad entrée or the perfect side for your favorite protein.

Gather Simple Ingredients

Simple ingredients make this wonder salad

I truly believe anyone can do both the charred pepper technique and make this salad without any difficulty. Here are the ingredients you’ll need to bring the salad to life:

6 charred peppers, skinned, seeded, and quartered

2 anchovy fillets packed in olive oil, minced

1 clove garlic, minced

2 teaspoons sherry vinegar

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

¼ cup chopped flat leaf parsley

1 (15 oz.) can white beans, drained and rinsed

¼ ounce Parmesan cheese, grated

1 cup packed spicy baby greens like arugula or watercress

In addition to the ingredients, you’ll need salt, pepper, a bowl, and whisk.

Vinaigrette Is Key

Making the Vinaigrette

You’ll want to get any larger pepper slices cut down into thinner slices. Once the peppers are evenly sized, it’s time to season them with salt and fresh ground pepper. Do this by laying them out on a platter. Taking a small bowl, it’s time to make the vinaigrette. Start putting the anchovies, garlic, vinegar, oil, and parsley in the bowl and whisk together. Add the beans and toss to coat with the vinaigrette. Season the mixture with salt and fresh ground pepper. You can taste and adjust the vinegar and seasonings until it fits your taste. Now prepare the serving dish to assemble the salad.

Simple Layers of Flavor

our finished pepper and bean saladWith the peppers charred and vinaigrette made, it’s time to assemble the salad. Start by laying out the peppers on a platter or serving dish. Spoon the bean mixture over the top of the peppers and top with spicy greens like baby arugula or watercress. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. That’s it!

This is a perfect side with a great steak, ribs, chicken or fish. It’s hearty enough to use as a main entrée as well for those looking for a healthier meal. It’s especially refreshing during the warmer seasons. Remember, char extra peppers and freeze them so you can pull them out for this fabulous recipe any time of the year.

 

Purchase products:

Wood Chips- Grande Sapore®

Related reading:

-CHARRED PEPPER DIP

-STEPPING UP RADISH SALAD WITH A WOOD-FIRED FLARE

-SPICY-CHAR HUMMUS

-Ember Cooked Sweet Peppers

 

Dr Smoke-Our fire Roasted Pepper make the perfect Salad with these white beans!

Dr. Smoke- Our fire Roasted Pepper make the perfect Salad with these white beans!

Our Ember roasted peppers make an awesome Charred Pepper Dip

Our Ember roasted peppers make an awesome Charred Pepper Dip

CHARRED PEPPER DIP

Summary:

A great smoked appetizers for your charred peppers recipes; our ember bed cooking of peppers provides great flavor. How to roast peppers in a grill, cooking on coals directly, cooking in embers, gas grill, charcoal grill, even cast iron skillet cooking will work for peppers. Try this charred pepper dip topping.

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Peppers are one of those thick-skinned vegetables that release their ultimate flavor when they are introduced to hot coals. Many people think that you need special equipment to cook foods in hot coals but really, it’s as easy as having a disposable pan available and a grill. I’ll give you some options for roasting the peppers and then provide a great recipe to be used as a dip or topping that is quick and so easy.

Multiple Charring Methods

The ember cooking of our sweet peppers

Although you will see me using an open pit method of charring my sweet peppers, you can do this on a gas grill set up with either a disposable foil pan or a cast iron pan or skillet. You can also use a charcoal grill, lighting a fire and allowing it to reduce to simple hot embers. A portable fire pit works if you clean out all previous ash and wood pieces to keep the final flavors clean.

Here’s the key to making perfect charred peppers, whether sweet or hot. You must only use hot embers and you need to have additional hot embers available to keep a consistent temperature and a full bed of coals.

Because peppers are loaded with water, it is easiest to clean the skins and seeds from them once they are fire roasted. If you cover the charred peppers placed in a bowl with plastic wrap, the skins will pull away easily. Then you’re ready for your favorite recipes.

Fresh Ingredients Make This Dip

What makes this recipe so great is that there are only a few flavorful ingredients that balance out the charry, smoky flavor of the peppers. For this recipe, you’ll need the following:

the simple ingredients need

  • 6 charred peppers
  • 1 cup golden raisins, coarsely chopped (6 ounces)
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons salt-packed capers, rinsed and well drained
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons coarsely chopped fresh oregano
  • A coarse salt such as sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon Red-wine vinegar

Once the peppers are charred, I like to quarter them before placing in a food processor. You can use a blender as well if you have a control to pulse the ingredients as you don’t want to thin them too much. After pulsing the 6 charred peppers, add the raisins, oil, capers, and oregano. Pulse to combine everything. Season with salt and vinegar. This dip can be refrigerated for one day prior to use.

Endless Uses

This dip/topping made from ember-roasted sweet pepper contains all vegan ingredients so its super flavorful while being healthy too. Here’s the best part – it has so many uses and can be altered for a specific taste. Use it as a topping for fish, chicken filet sandwiches, or sausage patties and links. It can be heated providing an option to use it as a hot appetizer or cold. I’ve served this will flatbread or Naan slices for a snack, appetizer, or lite lunch. Want some kick to it? You can add ember fired hot peppers as well or just add a few drops of hot sauce to the mix. Because this is oil based, it is best to use up any leftovers within a few days, keeping it refrigerated until gone.

Purchase products:

Wood Chips- Grande Sapore®, Minuto®, & Piccolo®

Wood Chunks- Double & Single Filet

Additional reading:

-SPICY-CHAR HUMMUS

Ember cooked Sweet Peppers

-Ember Cooking/Roasting Garlic In An Iron Skillet

Dr. Smoke- I love ember roasted peppers because they char well! Making a yummy Charred Pepper Dip

Dr. Smoke- I love ember-roasted peppers because they char well! Making a yummy Charred Pepper Dip

Spicy-char hummus is made by grilling/smoking the hot peppers and then add to your Hummus! Great way to keep the grill flavors when the weather turns colder! Our photo collage shows the different steps to make spicy-char hummus.

Spicy-char hummus is made by grilling/smoking the hot peppers and then add to your Hummus! Great way to keep the grill flavors when the weather turns colder!

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The centuries old Arabic bean dip has gained in popularity substantially over the past few years in United States. Part of the draw is the fact that hummus is high in protein and fiber, and low in fat.

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