Every year I look forward to buying Amyo's beautiful “Jimmy Nardello” frying peppers - I've never seen them anywhere else. An heirloom variety, they are long, red and incredibly sweet.
The best way to eat these peppers is simply to fry them up and eat them on crusty baguettes, maybe with some fresh Italian sausages.
2 T. olive oil
1 C. water
2 fresh Italian sausages
One dozen Jimmy Nardello peppers
Half an onion
1 long baguette
Put sausages in a skillet with oil and water. Cook on medium heat 5-10 minutes, until the sausages look somewhat cooked on the bottom, then turn them over. Continue cooking until the water is evaporated and the sausages are browned. Meanwhile, slice off the tops of the peppers, then slice lengthwise down the middle and remove the seeds. Cut the peppers and onion into thin strips. Remove the sausages from the oil and fry the onions and peppers together on medium heat until the onion is caramelized and the peppers are lightly browned. Slice each sausage in half, cut the baguette in four pieces, and make four delicious sandwiches.
So if you live in Albuquerque, check out Amyo Farms - they are at the Downtown and Nob Hill Growers' Markets, and possibly others. And if you've been thinking about joining a CSA, they've just started one, so ask them about it!
Also published on www.ediblesantafe.com.