4 Flavorful Pepper Recipes to Spice Up Summer

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Although you can find peppers at the supermarket all year round, the summer offers the opportunity to enjoy these bright and colorful vegetables in their freshest form – straight from a local North Carolina farm or garden. In fact, the state is the fifth-largest producer of peppers in the U.S. The season also inspires so many ways of incorporating peppers into light and flavorful dishes ranging from fresh summer salsas and salads to kebabs hot off the grill.

Whether you prefer mild and sweet bell peppers or spicy jalapeños, there’s a nearly endless list of ways you can use your favorite varieties in the kitchen. They not only taste great raw but also lend themselves well to sauteing, stewing, stir-frying and especially roasting. Adding a bit of char to peppers by roasting them on the grill will create a more complex flavor that might just turn them into your secret summer ingredient in all kinds of dishes.

The following recipes showcase a few of the many ways you can use roasted and sauteed peppers to add a pop of vibrant color to a dish, enhance flavor and quite literally spice up your cooking. Just grab a few peppers from your garden or local farmers market, fire up the grill, and enjoy some of the freshest flavors the season has to offer.

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Roasted Red Pepper Salsa

Roasted Red Pepper Salsa

Made with grilled seasonal vegetables, cilantro and freshly squeezed lime juice, this quick and easy Roasted Red Pepper Salsa is the perfect summer appetizer.

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