Tags: Chile Peppers, Fresno Peppers
Fresno peppers are my favorite fresh pepper. They are fire engine red, and they earn the color. Fresno peppers look a lot like a red jalapeño, but a bit more triangular and less dense. Their flavor is not that different than a red bell, although a bit smokier, and they hold up well to cooking. The heat varies quite a bit, from something you could eat raw if you have a moderate heat tolerance, to something that gives a habanero a run for its money.
To prepare them, cut the top, just above the widest point, without cutting into the seed cluster within, and pull on the stem. Toss the cap and pry out the seed clump if it remained in the pepper. Stick your knife tip down into the open end of the pepper and rotate it a full turn to knock off any additional seeds and shake the seeds out. Slice the pepper intoyour desired shape. If you get the hang of this you can cut them without ever touching anything spicy. You will learn the importance of this quickly if you rub your eyes.
There is something special about the heat in this pepper. To see what I mean, try placing a liberal coat of fresno pepper slices on your next steak right after you flip it. Serve with a strong red wine. By the time the meal is finished, you should feel like Indiana Jones after he outruns a boulder with an armfull of loot; panting, sweating, and high on life.