|"Twist" or shishito peppers at Lotte|
On fancy restaurant menus, these are shishito peppers -- a sweet green pepper that chefs dress up with all kinds of flavors. They're mostly sweet, although a few shishito on every plate with have a spicy kick, less than a jalapeño but more than the sweet flavor in most of the dish.
For you, they're "twist peppers" for $3 a pound in Asian supermarkets like Lotte and H Mart.
This is super-easy, and the terrific side dish goes with anything from burgers to Asian food. They're just exotic enough to be worth a drive. But they're basically sweet peppers, so you shouldn't scare anyone off.
Literally, this is the three-step recipe to cook twist peppers:
1) Heat a film of oil in a non-stick, cast iron pan, or a wok.
2) Add the peppers. Cook them over medium until the skin starts to blister.
3) When they have a few char marks and have softened slightly, toss them in a bowl. Add a few pinches of salt -- best with some big-grained salt like sea salt -- until you like the taste.The cook time is up to you. I like the peppers to have a little bite, so I take them off as soon as them soften. If you want shishito ideas with more flavors or more vegetables, check the Internet for articles like this Denver Post post.