And She Ate the Pepper, Raw

I used to work in the basement of a converted townhouse for a political polling firm. My co-worker and friend Ruth used to visit me around 11 am; that’s when she took a snack break. She’d bring a knife, a plate and one green bell pepper.

She’d cut a slice. Eat it raw. One whole green pepper.

That was years ago, right when I started playing around in the kitchen. I never cooked with bell peppers because I would just think of Ruth and that raw, raw pepper. I thought of peppers as a snack. Soon I realized peppers turn into wonderful things once cooked, once broiled, once roasted, once whizzed around in a blender and turned into a sauce.

Roasted Yellow Pepper and Almond Sauce

Broil 3 yellow peppers until completely blackened. Shove into tupperware to steam, which loosens the skin. Slide the charred off to reveal a soft pepper. Let go of the seeds and add the pepper into a blender with 2 or 3 smashed garlic cloves, a handful of flat-leaf parsley, 2 or 3 tablespoons of toasted, then ground, roasted almonds. If they’re pre-salted, watch how much more to add in, add pepper for sure and a few spins around of oil. You don’t need too much, as the pepper and almond should really dominate the body of the dip-like sauce.

Use the sauce over sauteed Brussels sprouts with butter beans and bulgur wheat, or whatever you’d like.

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6 thoughts on “And She Ate the Pepper, Raw

  1. My dad has been known to eat green bell peppers raw and whole, biting into them like an apple.

  2. wow. is that like a thing? weird.

    also – this is more like a pesto, than a sauce i guess. just an fyi.

  3. Yeah. I have to say, I don’t like it (raw peppers, esp green – yuck! Too much.) but it IS a thing. I know lots of people who eat peppers raw, and they seem to like it. Different strokes…

  4. I eat them raw in my house when I have them. But usually only a few slices at a time. Analogous to baby carrots as a snack but they’re also often a vehicle for a dip. This sounds amazing though and love it over Brussels sprouts!

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