Long Hots Recipe

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Long Hots

Let me preface this by saying I’m a massive sucker for regional foods. There’s something so special about a dish tied to a particular place and culture. One of those irresistible regional specialties is the long hot pepper.

What Is Long Hots?

“Long hots” or “longhorn pepper,” is an elongated, curved pepper variety popular in Italian-American cooking, particularly on the East Coast of the United States.

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Italian long hot peppers (quantity depends on how many you want to prepare)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Optional (for roasting): Parchment paper

Instructions:

Roasting:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C).
  2. Wash and dry the long hots.
  3. Rub each pepper lightly with olive oil for extra flavor (optional).
  4. Place the peppers in a single layer on a baking tray lined with parchment paper (optional).
  5. Roast for 10 to 15 minutes on one side.
  6. Using tongs, carefully turn each pepper over and roast for 10 to 15 minutes or until tender and slightly blistered.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool a bit before handling.

Sauteing:

  1. Wash and dry the long hots.
  2. Heat olive oil in a big skillet using medium-high heat.
  3. Add the long hots and cook, turning occasionally, for 5-7 minutes or until blistered and softened.

Tips:

  • Spice Level: Italian long hots have a mild to medium heat level. You can adjust the spiciness by leaving the seeds in or removing them before cooking.
  • Blistering: The blistered skin adds a smoky flavor and allows for easy peeling off of the skin (optional).
  • Peeling: Once cool, if desired, you can easily peel the skin off the roasted peppers.
  • Serving: Enjoy roasted or sauteed long hots on their own, as a sandwich topping, in salads, or chopped and added to pasta dishes.
  • Storage: Roasted or sauteed long hots can be refrigerated for up to 5 days in an airtight container

What To Serve With

Italian Dishes:

  • Antipasto Platters: They can be marinated and served alongside olives, cheeses (like provolone or mozzarella), cured meats (such as prosciutto or salami), and crusty bread.
  • Pasta can be sliced and added to pasta dishes, particularly spicy arrabbiata.

Mexican And Tex-Mex Dishes:

  • Tacos and Burritos: They can be diced and added to fillings for tacos or burritos for an extra kick.
  • Salsas and Guacamole: Chopped long hots can be included in salsa for tacos or as a topping for guacamole.

Asian Dishes:

  • Stir-Fries: Long hots can be sliced diagonally and added to stir-fried dishes like chicken or beef stir-fry for a spicy flavor.
  • Soups and Noodle Dishes: They can also be added to soups such as hot and sour soup or noodle dishes like pad thai.

Sandwiches And Wraps:

  • Subs and Sandwiches: Sliced long hots can be used as a topping for sandwiches like Italian subs or Philly cheesesteaks.
  • Wraps: They can be included in wraps along with grilled chicken or veggies for added flavor.

Barbecue And Grilled Foods:

  • Grilled Meats: They can be stuffed or grilled alongside meats such as sausages, chicken breasts, or pork chops.
  • Barbecue: They can be chopped and added to barbecue sauces or used as a topping for grilled burgers or hot dogs.

Salads And Appetizers:

  • Salads: They can be chopped finely and added to salads for a spicy kick, such as in a mixed green salad or a pasta salad.
  • Appetizers: Stuffed long hots with cheese and wrapped in bacon are a popular appetizer option.

Cheese And Charcuterie Boards:

  • Cheese Platters: They can be served alongside various cheeses, providing a spicy contrast to milder flavors.
  • Charcuterie: They pair well with cured meats like chorizo or soppressata on a charcuterie board.

Condiments And Pickling:

  • Pickled Long hots: They can be pickled and served as a condiment or accompaniment to dishes, adding a tangy and spicy element.

Health Benefits

  • Vitamins and Minerals: They are rich in several important vitamins and minerals, such as
  • Vitamin C: Rich in antioxidants, it helps in boosting the immune system, promotes healthy skin, and aids in iron absorption.
  • Vitamin A: Important for vision, immune function, and skin health.
  • Vitamin K: Vital for healthy bones and blood clotting
  • Potassium: Encourages normal blood pressure and heart health.  
  • Folate: Important for DNA synthesis and cell growth.
  • Antioxidant Properties: Like many other brightly colored vegetables, they contain antioxidants such as carotenoids and flavonoids. These molecules help neutralize damaging free radicals in the body, lowering the incidence of chronic illnesses and oxidative stress  including heart disease and some cancers. like heart disease and certain cancers.
  • Anti-inflammatory Effects: Capsaicin, the compound responsible for the spicy heat in peppers, has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. It may help reduce inflammation linked to various health conditions, including arthritis and cardiovascular disease.
  • Digestive Health: Consuming Italian long hot peppers may support digestive health. Capsaicin has been studied for its potential to stimulate digestive juices and improve digestion. Peppers also provide dietary fiber, which promotes regular bowel movements and supports a healthy gut microbiome.
  • Weight Management: Peppers like Italian long hots are low in calories but rich in flavor, making them a great addition to a weight-loss or weight-management diet. The heat from peppers can also slightly increase metabolism, potentially aiding calorie burning.
  • Cardiovascular Health: The vitamins and minerals in Italian long hot peppers and their potential anti-inflammatory effects contribute to heart health. Potassium helps regulate blood pressure, while antioxidants can reduce cholesterol levels and protect against plaque buildup in arteries.
  • Cancer Prevention: Some studies suggest that peppers’ antioxidants and anti-inflammatory characteristics may lower the incidence of certain cancers.  Specifically, capsaicin has shown promise in laboratory studies for its potential to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
  • Eye Health: The vitamin A content in Italian long hot peppers supports good vision and may help prevent age-related macular degeneration.
  • Skin Health: Vitamin C is crucial in collagen synthesis and is essential for maintaining healthy skin. It also helps protect the skin from UV damage and promotes faster wound healing.
  • Immune Support: The combination of vitamins A and C, along with other nutrients, supports a healthy immune system, aiding the body fight off infections and illnesses.

Final Thoughts

Italian long hots are a tasty and adaptable item that gives a different taste to a lot of recipes. . Whether exploring traditional Italian recipes or experimenting with global cuisines, these peppers bring a delightful balance of mild heat and vibrant taste. From antipasto platters to pasta dishes, sandwiches to salads, their versatility shines through, effortlessly enhancing both savory and spicy profiles.

Long Hots

Rating: 5.0/5
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Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time: Nutrition facts: 9.9 calories 0 gram fat

Ingredients

  • Fresh Italian long hot peppers (quantity depends on how many you want to prepare)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Optional (for roasting): Parchment paper

Instructions

Roasting:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C).
  2. Wash and dry the long hots.
  3. Rub each pepper lightly with olive oil for extra flavor (optional).
  4. Place the peppers in a single layer on a baking tray lined with parchment paper (optional).
  5. Roast for 10 to 15 minutes on one side.
  6. Using tongs, carefully turn each pepper over and roast for 10 to 15 minutes or until tender and slightly blistered.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool a bit before handling.

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