Farm Fresh Pick of the Week: Peppers

Friday, July 13, 2012 7:00

Sweet, Spicy, & Everything In Between

By Casey Pukl

I’ve long been a firm believer that peppers make anything prettier. It’s true! They’re colorful and come in such a wide variety of flavor profiles that it’s hard to argue against using them. From sweet red peppers to spicy habanero, these nightshades are always a great option. Did I mention they’re also rich in Vitamin C?

This week, the Anthology kitchen and bar staff has created two delicious pepper options that are sure to please.

Basque Pieperade 
Sunny Egg, Picholine Olives

I don’t think it’s possible for me to love anything more than I love a runny egg yolk— on a pizza, vegetables, pasta, you name it! “Put an egg on it!” would be the name of my Portlandia sketch.

For this dish, Burman has taken a classic French dish and put her signature spin on it. It’s simple, delicious, easy to make, and incredibly colorful.

“Pieperade is a classic French dish that originates in the Basque region,” she says.  Originally made with green peppers, Burman decided to use three colors to brighten it up.  Piperade often refers to just the pepper component of the dish, but it is often served with the sunny egg.

First, Burman julienned the peppers, onion, and tomatoes. She also chopped some garlic to add. Put a little olive oil in a pot, add the vegetables and golden raisins, then stew it on medium-low heat for about 20-30 minutes. Finish it with a splash of sherry vinegar, and season with salt and pepper.

Top it off with a sunny egg, break the yolk over it, and enjoy at any time— brunch, lunch, or dinner!

Sgt. Pepper
Creator: Erik Ridout

Honey Mango-Melon Vodka
Jalapeno
Agave Nectar
Mango Puree
Fresh Lime Juice
Lemon-Lime Soda

 Instructions: Muddle jalapeno, agave, lime juice, and mango puree together. Add vodka and ice, shake, then pour over ice. Top with half lemon-lime soda, half soda water. Garnish with lime wheel, cilantro, and jalapeno spear.

Barman Erik Ridout has been with Anthology for two years, and his un-ending enthusiasm has been contagious. “I couldn’t ask for a better work environment,” he says.

“What I love most about bartending here is that our staff is so creative. All of our cocktails contain fresh, homemade ingredients, and I love that we’re all given the opportunity to explore endless flavor combinations. It’s inspiring!”

Speaking of endless flavor combinations, Erik was inspired by one of his favorites in the creation of this week’s feature— Sgt. Pepper.

The combination of spicy and sweet has long been a favorite of foodies everywhere. This drink marries the two perfectly. The jalapeno has the perfect amount of spice to not be overpowering and unpleasant to drink. The sweetness of the mango puree is simply divine.

Be sure to come on down and give these specials a try! We’re open for lunch from 11-2 (and we all know it’s 5 o’clock somewhere) so be sure to spice up your Friday with a cocktail!