When I was up in Stoke for Suzanne’s shower, Gavin’s mom gave me a chili plant that she had. It had a pretty good amount of chilies on it and when I commented on it, she gave it to me. She wasn’t going to eat the chilies so I didn’t feel too bad. In fact, I was pretty excited. I was going to make my own dried chilies! I had found a tutorial over on Bev Cooks for dehydrated jalepeno peppers. Immediately, my interest was piqued and I knew what my next cooking activity would be.
When I got home with the chili plant, I clipped all the red peppers off and put them on our grill pan and into the oven at the lowest it would go. I left them there until I went to bed which wasn’t much later so I wasn’t surprised that they were still soft the next day. I did this again the next day and they still needed some more drying time. We had baked potatoes for dinner a night and I decided to put them in the (turned off) oven after the potatoes were cooked. Bad call Sydney. The next morning when I took them out they were black. Like midnight black. Black Beauty black. I mean look at how sad that is. I almost cried.
Not to be dissuaded that easily, however, I thought I would just try one and see it was really burned beyond rescue. I tossed 2 into my mortar and pestle and had a go. They actually didn’t smell burned at all! Just smoked. And HOT! Seriously, my nose was burning while grinding away! I did a little taste test with Gavin and these babies are GOOD! So I then ground them all up and they are now good to go! Gavin and I call them the “smoked chilies” and they have now seasoned the spaghetti sauce I made last night, the marinade for the chicken kebabs on Saturday as well as the salad dressing we had last night! I have a feeling they won’t last too long! Good thing there are more green chilies on the plant!
And P.S. Can I just give a little shout-out of love to my Joseph and Joseph mortar and pestle? It’s awesome!