Spicy Sauteed Spinach
De Arbol (Capsicum Annuum) means tree like in Spanish. The plant has thick, upright, woody stems and the chile itself is narrow, curved and bright red in color. Believed to be closely related to the pequin, the De Arbol is thin fleshed, with tannic, smoky, grassy flavor and searing heat. This chile has a heat range of 7.5 on the heat scale of 1-10. De Arbol Chiles are comparable to a Cayenne Pepper. Scoville heat units 15,000 to 30,000.
De Arbol is a hot chile and a staple in Southwest kitchens. Add some heat to your next salsa or Mexican dish. Be adventurous and add them to your next stew or chili along with the other spices. Add some heat to your next salsa or Mexican dish.
2 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter) or vegetable oil
1 bunch scallions, coarsely chopped
2 dried chiles de árbol or 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 teaspoons yellow mustard seeds
4 bunches flat-leaf spinach, stemmed, very coarsely chopped
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
Makes 6 Servings
Heat ghee in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add scallions, chiles, garlic, and mustard seeds. Cook, stirring often, until garlic begins to brown and mustard seeds pop, about 1 minute. Add spinach to skillet by the handful, allowing it to wilt between additions. Cook, tossing often, until spinach is tender, 5-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.