How to Toast Dried Chili Peppers
- Heat an ungreased griddle or heavy skillet over medium heat; place the chili peppers on the griddle in a single layer.
- Cook the chilies 1 to 3 minutes until the color changes slightly (but do not burn) and the chilies become fragrant (but not to the point of emitting a harsh aroma), pressing them down with a spatula and turning over occasionally.
Keep a spatula handy
when cooking the chilies.
- If you are toasting a large number of dried chilies, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet in a 350°F oven for 3 to 5 minutes until the chilies are hot to the touch and fragrant.
- When the chilies are cool enough to handle, but still pliable, cut each one open lengthwise with scissors; carefully pull out the seeds and the veins.
- Only if the recipe specifies, rinse and rub chilies under cold running water.
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