This year was my first attempt at growing banana peppers, and boy oh boy, did I end up with a bumper crop of peppers! I planted three banana pepper seedlings earlier in the summer, and the weather was perfect for peppers this year. I'm still trying to figure out what to do with all the peppers. Every time I pick one, two more seem to grow in its place!
I actually decided to plant banana peppers this year because I wanted to make pickled banana pepper rings, like the kind you find at Subway or Quizno's. However, I should have looked for a recipe BEFORE planting the peppers, because I've had a tough time trying to find banana pepper recipes to use up my bumper crop.
After quite a bit of searching on the Web, I finally found a pickled yellow pepper ring recipe from the National Center for Home Preserving. This was a very easy canning recipe to follow. The most time-consuming part was cutting up all the peppers.
|The peppers settled to the bottom a few minutes after a pulled them from the canner.|
I waited a month before opening up a finished jar to let the flavors develop. And they turned out excellent, if I do say so myself. I like to use them as a sandwich topper. (They're really good with deli roast beef).
Do you have a recipe for banana peppers that your family enjoys? I'm still on a hunt for ways to use up all my banana peppers. We missed last week's frost, so the peppers are still growing out in my garden.