I looked up at the calendar today and realized it is the first day of fall. I am so not ready to say goodbye to the warm, long days of summer. Nor am I ready for the onset of winter squashes about to hit the market. I still want tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, and basil! Is it really over?
I was about to share with you my last hold on to summer – a gazpacho I made this week – only to realize I already shared a gazpacho recipe last year, here. I only make it once a year, probably because we end up eating it for every meal for the next four days, but it always screams summer. If you still have ripe tomatoes, make it before they are all gone.
In hope to find something else to share, I looked in my photo archives for another dish that has defined our meals this summer and realized I hadn’t told you about my new favorite vegetable: Padron peppers. They are these tiny Spanish peppers with just a hint of spiciness and are DEVINE when grilled or sauteed.
The first time I made them, to pair with this flank steak, I was trying to save some for Erik when he came home from work. Instead, I ate all of them and then called him to tell him just how good they were. He, strangely, didn’t appreciate hearing about food he might have liked if I hadn’t eaten it all. Weird.
Making them is simple. First, I tossed them in a bit of olive oil before putting them on the grill.
They stay on the grill for about 2-3 minutes a side, just until they start to blister a bit and the skins darken.
Then, I just sprinkled them with coarse kosher salt and gave them a quick toss. (If you want to cook them in a saute pan, no prob, I had the same delicious result. Heat up some olive oil on medium-high, throw in the peppers for a couple minutes until they start to blister, salt, and serve.)
Next, I ate them out of this bowl. I have made them again with shavings of parmesan cheese, which was delicious but not necessary. I just saw them this week at the farmers’ market and may have to have them one more time as a last farewell to summer.
What are you doing to say goodbye to my favorite season?