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Blistered Shishito Peppers + Smoky White Cheddar Aioli

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Blistered shishito peppers dipped in a smoky, white cheddar ailoi.
Course Appetizers & Snacks
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizer, blistered, shishito peppers, snack
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 21 mins
Servings 6 servings
Calories 364
Author Laurie McNamara



  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 1 clove peeled garlic
  • 1 cup shredded sharp white cheddar
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 splash milk optional - if needed
  • 1 cup mayonnaise homemade or store-bought


  • 8 ounces fresh shishito peppers
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil or light olive oil
  • 1 pinch kosher Salt
  • sea salt for serving


  • Add the cilantro, onions and garlic to the bowl of your mini food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Add in the mayonnaise, cheddar and spices. Continue to pulse until all the ingredients are incorporated. If aioli is still a little thick you can thin out with a splash of milk.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Place rack in the top most position of your oven. Slide a 12-inch cast iron skillet onto the rack and preheat your oven to 500 degrees.
  • Rinse the peppers under water and pat dry with a kitchen towel. Toss the peppers in a bowl with oil and kosher salt.
  • Once the oven and skillet are preheated, using own mitts, carefully remove the skillet to a heat safe trivet and add in the peppers. Place the skillet back into the oven, turn the oven to broil and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove and stir with a wooden spoon and place back into the oven for another minute or two or until perfectly blistered.
  • Transfer to a platter, sprinkle with sea salt and serve with smoky white cheddar ailoi.


Serving: 4peppers | Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 561mg | Potassium: 148mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 568IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 1mg