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There are several varieties of chili peppers and Anaheim is among the list. These chilies are long, green and somewhat large.  Because they are not very hot, they can be easily added to many different recipes. Anaheim peppers have thick skins which are difficult to cut, but if you put them on a hot burner [...]

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Posted October 28, 2012 by ireview

 
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There are several varieties of chili peppers and Anaheim is among the list. These chilies are long, green and somewhat large.  Because they are not very hot, they can be easily added to many different recipes. Anaheim peppers have thick skins which are difficult to cut, but if you put them on a hot burner and let them burn, the skin will peel off easily. These chilies are great as salsa base, as garnish, for soup ingredients and are frequently used in almost all Mexican dishes.

Anaheim Varieties

The Anaheim chili pepper can grow from 6-10 inches long.  Although they are of medium heat, their heat is dependent on where they are grown.  The New Mexico varieties are hotter than the Californian ones, and ripe red ones are hotter than the green ones. They have a savory taste and although usually used when green, they can be used when ripened to a red color.  The common variety will have a dark green, reddish color when ripe. However other varieties are full red, when ripe. The red varieties are used to make ristras after they are strung together in pods and dried.

Anaheim Chilies

  • Maturity: They reach maturity in 75-80 days.
  • Uses:  They are great when stuffed and cooked whole with rice and cheese-based cream. They taste great too.
  •  Storing: Line plastic bags with paper towels. Place Anaheim chilies in bag and then store in fridge.  They can be kept for weeks in the fridge.
  • Preparing: Use a knife to cut off the top. Take out the seeds and the white pith with a sharp but small knife. Fill the peppers with the stuffing of your choice and put the top back on. Always wear gloves when preparing chilies for cooking.
  • Cooking: Place your stuffed Anaheim chilies in an oven and bake at for 20-30 minutes at 180°C for 20- 30 minutes or until tender.

Buying Tips

Your local grocery store will have ample supply of Anaheim peppers in the produce area.  Although they are used when ripe, Anaheim peppers are mostly used when they are green. When purchasing fresh Anaheim peppers, choose the ones that have deep colors and firm and unblemished skin. Canned chilies are also available in grocery stores.

Anaheim in Recipes

There are many ways in which the Anaheim can be used in different recipes. They are especially tasty when served stuffed. Seeds and pith must be removed before cooking

  • Anaheim Chilies are mild, and are tasty when added to salsas, chili recipes, and dips.
  • Remove seeds and pith. Stuff them with lots of cheese; soak in batter and then deep fry.
  • Anaheim peppers can be roasted on an outdoor grill. Peppers should be turned for even cooking. However if cooking on an open flame check peppers frequently.
  • Anaheim chilies can be stuffed with Mexican cheese. Roll stuffed chilies in beaten egg and flour and fry in pan until golden brown.
  • Cook up a stew with potatoes, zucchini, ground beef, and Anaheim chilies.
  • Anaheim can be used to make creamy chili pepper sauce to add flavor to meat and or cheese dishes.
  • Anaheim chilies are great for complementing stews, egg dishes, vegetable dishes and fruit salsas.

Why not try Anaheim peppers in your favorite dish today?

Lucas Barnes also writes about how you can grow your own anaheim peppers.

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