Their perky name says it all: These peppers add a little pep to just about everything and are sweet in taste and appearance (imagine a cherry tomato's adorable twin). The South African fruit -- yes, peppers are fruits -- retains its irresistable crunch even after it's been hulled, seeded, and pickled in brine. The hot version has the pungency of pickled jalapenos, while the mild gives off just a subtle heat; either can be used in the recipes here, as can the tangy brine.
Spicy Side Dish
Stir thinly sliced Peppadews and scallions into cornbread batter just before baking.
Classic With a Twist
Peppadew Mac and Cheese
Stir thinly sliced Peppadews into macaroni and cheese just before serving. We love 1/2 cup in our three-cheese version.
Where to Buy
Look for Peppadews in jars, or sold by weight at olive bars or deli counters in grocery stores. You can also order them at igourmet.com.