As we count the days to the day of the Superbowl were always looking for great appetizers to feed ourselves and our friends. Buffalo wings and dips galore are fantastic but what about something new. Fried pepperoncini’s with a garlic lemon basil aioli sauce for dipping.
Think of fried pickles but with a zing. Easy to make either from pre sliced pepperoncini’s or from the whole ones where you can make the rings larger if you’d like. That’s how these pepperoncini’s taste.
When my son and I thought up this recipe brainstorming ideas for his job as a chef we knew we had to come up with a sauce that fit. Plain old marinara was not an option. We needed a sauce that would compliment the flavors.
Garlic lemon basil aioli is the sauce we decided to make to fit the fried pepperoncini’s. The cream dip fits nicely with the fried peppers. This combo would be wonderful for super bowl, game day, or any other event you need an appetizer for.
When recipe developing we tried several different methods of breading the pepperoncini’s. The reason is we wanted the right texture, crunch, and for it to not be gooey. The method of egg and bread crumbs was the perfect combination.
Other methods with buttermilk or with flour tend to be too thick for the pepperoncini. Just kind of a FYI in case you want to try it a different way we did! The Italian bread crumbs were picked for flavor. Traditional bread crumbs could also be used.
Whether you do wings or these fried pepperoncini’s I’m sure your game day will be a major hit! We always like to have a plethora of recipes for game day to cover anyone who visits with a food they would like.Print