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Padron peppers (pimientos de padrón) originally hail from Galacia but we’ve discovered they also like growing on our farm in France. Some are hot and some are not – it's impossible to tell which is which. Serve these vegetarian stuffed peppers with their bold, creamy dip and cold beers, or as a starter.

Ingredients

  • 1 red pepper
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Splash sherry vinegar
  • Brown sugar, for sprinkling
  • 2 tbsp crème fraîche (or plain yoghurt)
  • Handful fresh basil leaves, shredded
  • Olive oil
  • 200g padron peppers
  • 100g High Weald soft sheep’s cheese
  • Salt & pepper

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/Gas 6.
  2. First make the dip: Put the red pepper, tomatoes and unpeeled garlic in a small baking dish. Splash over a little of the vinegar and sprinkle with a little sugar, salt and pepper.
  3. Bake for about 30-40 minutes, until the pepper skin is blackening and the tomatoes very soft.
  4. Put the pepper in a small freezer bag for 10 minutes, then remove and peel off the skin, scrape out the seeds and discard.
  5. Put the pepper flesh in a food processor with the tomatoes, garlic (remove the skins) and any juices in the baking dish. Add the crème fraîche and blitz until smooth.
  6. Check the seasoning, adding a little more vinegar too if needed. Put in a bowl and scatter over the basil leaves. Grind some extra black pepper over the top and drizzle over a little olive oil to serve.
  7. Carefully make a length-ways slit in each pepper. Stuff each pepper with the cheese and press the slits together to close.
  8. Heat just enough oil to coat a heavy based frying pan. Fry the peppers until they are blistering and wilting slightly. Remove from the oil and drain on kitchen paper.
  9. Serve with the dip.
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