How to prepare a Pintxo of Zuri-Gorri (Easy and super tasty)

Zuri-gorri is a quick and easy Spanish snack. (tuna, caper and anchovy stuffed cherry peppers)









Pimentos are also referred to as pimientos, which is Spanish for peppers. It’s also widely known as the cherry pepper because, well, its shape is much like a large cherry. Some people also say it’s shaped like a heart.


Ingredients

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  • You may not realize how often you eat products that contain pimento peppers. There are so many varieties of products that use this chilli, due to its sweetness and low heat. And that’s part of what makes it special. The pimento pepper is everywhere, sometimes in nooks of the kitchen, you don’t even realize..

  • Anchovy fillets in oil, (15–20).

  • Capers in brine, (2–3 tbsp).

  • 200g of tinned tuna, well-drained (use the best quality you can find).

  • 380ml of white wine vinegar.

  • 380ml of dry white wine.

  • extra virgin olive oil, enough to submerge the peppers in a jar.

  • Bay Leaves.

  • Black peppercorns.

  • Oregano.

  • Salt to taste.

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· Instructions

  1. Start by preparing the peppers. Slice just enough off the tops of each pepper to expose the inner flesh and seeds. Using a fine teaspoon, scoop out the seeds and any pith. Depending on the type of pepper used, consider wearing plastic gloves and protective eyewear for this process. Rinse the peppers and set aside.

  2. Heat the white wine and vinegar in a saucepan until it reaches a low boil. Add the optional spices of your choice and a pinch of salt. Add the peppers and leave to boil on a low heat for 4–5 minutes.

  3. Drain and place on a clean tea towel with the open side facing down. Allow the peppers to dry completely (this could take several hours).

  4. Thoroughly drain the tuna and blitz in a blender with the capers and anchovy fillets until a smooth, thick paste forms. Using either a pastry bag or small teaspoon, stuff each pepper with the filling until level with the top of the pepper.

  5. Sterilise the jars and lids in simmering hot water for 15 minutes. Remove with tongs and place on a clean tea towel. While the jars are still hot, begin layering in the stuffed peppers, being careful not to over-pack them, and keeping the peppers upright. Leave an inch of space free at the top of the jar.

  6. Next, fill each jar with enough olive oil to cover the peppers completely. Close well but not overly tightly and return the jars to a large pan. Add water to 1 inch above the tops of the jars and bring to the boil. Boil for 30 minutes, then remove from the water and set aside to cool. When the jars are completely cooled, test the seal and firmly tighten the lid.

  7. Next, fill each jar with enough olive oil to cover the peppers completely. Close well but not overly tight and return the jars to a large pan. Add water to 1 inch above the tops of the jars and bring to the boil. Boil for 30 minutes, then remove from the water and set aside to cool. When the jars are completely cooled, test the seal and firmly tighten the lid.

Pimentos are another one of my favourite ingredients; It’s the chili hidden in plain sight…














Pimento pepper fast facts:

  • Scoville heat units (SHU): 100 – 500 SHU

  • Median heat: 300 SHU

  • Origin: Unknown

  • Capsicum species: Annuum

  • Jalapeño reference scale: 5 to 80 times milder

  • Use: Culinary

  • Size: Approximately 1 1/2 inches long

  • Flavour: Sweet

You may not realize how often you eat products that contain pimento peppers. There are so many varieties of products that use this chili, due to its sweetness and low heat. And that’s part of what makes it special. The pimento pepper is everywhere, sometimes in nooks of the kitchen you don’t even realize.


How mild are pimento peppers? About as mild as any hot pepper can be, as a short answer. They barely tick on the Scoville scale, coming in between 100 and 500 Scoville heat units, so the heat is really a small step up from the no heat of the bell peppers. Against a jalapeño reference point, the pimento averages around 40 times milder.


What does a pimento pepper taste like?

These are sweeter than you might expect; sweeter in taste than a bell pepper. Overall it’s a more succulent pepper than the bell, and that, along with the mild heat, has given it a lot of popularity in a wide variety of products.

What types of products do you find pimento pepper in?

This may be the most amazing thing about this chili: It’s in so many more places than you may realize. If you haven’t put it together, the pimento pepper is the exact same pimento that you’ll find stuffed in olives. Olives stuffed with pimento peppers are of course very popular around the globe and every supermarket carries them, you usually find them with the olives.


What many don’t realize is that the popular paprika spice is actually made from dried pimento pepper. So you may have used this chili more often than you think as so many recipes call for a dash of it. ·


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Pimentos are another one of my favourite ingredients; It’s the chilli hidden in plain sight…any varieties of products that use this chilli, due to its sweetness and low heat. And that’s part of what makes it special. The pimento pepper is everywhere, sometimes in nooks of the kitchen you don’t even realize. supermarket carries them, you usually find them with the olives.