And while they are super colorful and super tasty, you cannot eat them fast enough. It would be a sad waste to have them go bad before you can enjoy their goodness. So let’s briefly explore – what to do with fresh Banana Peppers?
Pick the peppers from the tree, wash them, dry them and lay them on a tray in the freezer overnight. The next day, place them in a freezer bag and pop them back into the freezer. You can take as many as you need out each time you are going to cook with them.
While banana peppers are not very big and are rather thin and long, they can still be stuffed. Here is a great recipe we found for Bob’s Stuffed Banana Peppers. Enjoy!
Peppers loved to be fried. It brings out their flavor in the most delicious way. Here is a simple little recipe – A Southern favorite:
Banana peppers, sliced in half and seeded
Cut peppers in half; soak in milk and flour. Combine cracker meal, flour and red pepper to make breading mixture. Remove peppers from milk and roll in breading. Deep fry at 350 degrees until golden brown.
The perfect solution for too many peppers!
Pop the Banana Peppers into a largish pot. Add water, vinegar, onion and garlic. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat to a medium flow, let the peppers simmer for a few minutes. Place the cooled off peppers into jars you have sterilized, fill to the top with remaining liquid in the pot, leaving ¼ inch at the top. Seal and pop on a shelf for future use. Shelf time should be around a week before eating though and can last for around a year.
Want a healthier alternative? Try grilling those peppers. Below is a great recipe. You can substitute the Gouda Cheese for a low fat option like Mozzarella if you prefer.
Cheesy Grilled Banana Peppers
Mild banana peppers, creamy Gouda cheese, a bit of bacon for a smoky richness, and tomatoes to offer a bit of freshness. Grill them to add another layer of flavor to the dish.
Serve these as an appetizer or unexpected side dish at your next barbecue! Uses panko, or Japanese breadcrumbs in this recipe. You can substitute whatever breadcrumbs you have on hand.
15 Minutes to Prepare and Cook
Number of Servings: 4
Amount Per Serving
So with so many ways of what to do with fresh banana peppers, you should be cooking up a storm real soon! Enjoy those Banana Peppers!