Padron Peppers with Bonito Flakes and Orange Zest

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Padron Peppers with Bonito Flakes and Orange Zest // www.acozykitchen.com

My favorite part of this dish are the bonito flakes. Have you had them before? When bonito flakes hit piping hot food, they dance. Bonito flakes are dancers. Really embarrassing dancers. Like the friend you have that starts to dance and everyone is like, yeesh, don’t do that for the sake of humanity please stop, please. Basically, bonito flakes dance like Elaine. (And if you’re too young to understand a Seinfeld reference, you’re dead to me. Not really, but PLEASE watch the entire series.)

These padron peppers are cooked in the same way shishito peppers are usually prepared: pan sautéed and blistered. And instead of just tossing them with a little salt, I decided to make it a little more interesting and top them with bonito flakes and fresh orange zest. It’s a fun little appetizer that takes about five minutes to prepare. And like all other awesome things, these should be eaten with beer.

The full recipe and post is over on PBS Food this week.

Padron Peppers with Bonito Flakes and Orange Zest // www.acozykitchen.com

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Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 6, 2013 at 12:09 am

I just had a hilarious flash of Elaine dancing and I’ve never even watched the series nor do I really care for it (I know, I know). I am now obsessing over the idea of orange and padron peppers!

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this is lemonade August 6, 2013 at 5:00 am

WOW education x2 in one post :) I’m from across the pond and have seen Seinfeld mentioned on many a blog but never seen it. Fun episode – nice thing to watch just before lunch to cheer me up for the afternoon!
And I knew nothing about padron peppers either – Wikipedia tells me they can be fiery hot or mild in taste but you can’t tell if there is a hot one unless you eat it. Is that true? Sounds like great fun! Oh and I only just found out what bonito flakes are too. Sounds delicious :) Love the photos too – the colour is so vibrant!

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Adrianna Adarme August 6, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Yes! Most of them are mild, but occasionally you’ll find one that’s really hot. That makes eating ‘em kinda fun. :)

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) August 6, 2013 at 5:52 am

Ha, that video is hilarious. I need to watch the entire series.

These look great! I’ve had them flash-fried before as well, and they are delicious. Love the addition of bonito, lots of umami flavor (love that word).

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Tieghan August 6, 2013 at 6:21 am

These peppers look incredible!! I have never had them before, but yours are making em think I need them!

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Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes August 6, 2013 at 11:07 am

Love this! What a lovely, zesty snack. I’ve never worked with bonito flakes before, but you’ve inspired to get into it: anything that dances like THAT needs to be in my pantry. Gorgeous!

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Caroline August 6, 2013 at 12:43 pm

My husband loves(!) shishito peppers and I love bonito flakes – will definitely be giving these a try soon!

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Nicole August 6, 2013 at 12:48 pm

These sound incredible and they’re so pretty! We had blistered padron peppers at Contigo in SF when I first met Kasey from TTKitchen and Tracy from Shutterbean and I totally got the hot one. Apparently I kept my cool, though, because Kasey said she didn’t notice :)

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Adrianna Adarme August 6, 2013 at 12:51 pm

HA! I loooove getting the hot one. That’s why beer is needed!

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misskimberlynn August 6, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I couldn’t picture the bonito flakes dancing until you said, dancing like Elaine. Then I saw those suckers in a pan gyrating all haphazardly. Best analogy ever!

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Joelle (on a pink typewriter) August 6, 2013 at 5:22 pm

I recently had a dish JUST like this at a restaurant here in San Diego, and those darn bonito flakes freaked me out! I’d never had them before, and they kept moving and waving on top of the peppers from the heat.

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Emily@ TotesDelishy August 7, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Is it just me, or are the padron peppers this season coming out way hotter than last summer? It’s like an edible game of russian roulette. 1 in every 6 peppers or so is a scorcher and you never know which one you are gonna get into you bite into one. I love it!! And the bonito flakes and orange zest combo is making my tongue tingle just thinking about it.

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Jamie @lifelovelemons August 8, 2013 at 5:56 am

Delicious! This looks fab!

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JPost Food & Wine August 20, 2013 at 2:55 am

Padron are the only peppers I truly love. I was looking for something special to do with them. This Looks so delicious! thanks a lot!

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