Hot or sweet banana peppers are zingy and versatile. Pickled, they are delicious in sandwiches, salads, or on pizza, or chop them finely and add to meatloaf and turkey burgers. LaLa dips them in beer batter and deep-fries them.
Also very popular is stuffing the peppers, wrapping them in pastry, and baking. renwill cuts the tops off the peppers, makes a slit down one side, removes the seeds, stuffs them with browned bulk sausage mixed with cheese sauce, wraps them in refrigerated crescent roll dough, and bakes. "These are simply delicious," he says. Other hounds use puff pastry to wrap the peppers, and stuff them with everything from goat cheese to Thai larb gai (a spicy ground chicken dish).