Produce Profile: Serrano Peppers

Serrano Peppers:

Photo Credit: Unknown

Photo Credit: Unknown

The serrano pepper got its name from the mountains or sierras of its region.  This type of chile pepper is said to have originated from the Mexican states of Puebla and Hidalgo.
It looks a lot like a slender jalapeño. And turns from green to red to yellow as it matures.  The flavor is rich and potentially blistering (though also sometimes fairly mild).  Serrano are included in any dish to add a little kick of flavor such as salsas, marinades, sauces and chilis. The mature serrano chile is usually about 1 ½” long with thin walls.  The smaller they are, the more heat they have.The size and shape of the serrano make it difficult to core and seed, so the best way to temper the hear is to use less of it.

Here are some great recipe suggestions for serrano peppers (other peppers may be substituted, or a mixture of peppers may be used too):


 

Serrano Chile-Rubbed Roast Chicken

Photo Credit: foodnetwork

Photo Credit: foodnetwork


 

Roasted Serrano Salsa

Photo Credit: theslowraosteditalian

Photo Credit: theslowraosteditalian


The Perfect Bloody Mary Homemade Pepper Vodka

(This recipe uses serrano peppers, jalapeño peppers and anaheim peppers. You may also use the habanero peppers)

Photo Credit: onmanblog

Photo Credit: onmanblog


Jalapeno Poppers with Serrano Sour Cream

(May use serrano or anaheim for the poppers and habanero for the sour cream, or any combination you see fit)

Photo Credit: FoodRenegade

Photo Credit: FoodRenegade


Enjoy the recipes and happy cooking!

Let us know what you do and how you spice up the food in your kitchen!

 

 

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