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#1 Old 05-10-2012, 12:44 PM
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I took a woman friend out to dinner last night after a meeting. While I ordered the Mediterranean Veggie sandwich, she ordered a salmon sandwich. When we got to our table, she pulled the top piece of bread off the sandwich and found numerous whole peppercorns around the outer border of the fish. She removed them by hand.

What gives here? Why would anyone put a bunch of whole peppercorns on a sandwich?

P.S. Please, no need to express your disapproval that she ordered a fish sandwich. That was her choice, and she did not ask my opinion.
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#2 Old 05-10-2012, 12:46 PM
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I've seen it on pepper salami before, but never fish. I used to think it was quite good actually.
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Hell yes I would A lot of dishes in China use whole peppercorn, and that's where I got addicted to it. Haven't had it on a sandwich yet, but after reading this I guarantee my next sandwich will have whole peppercorns on it.

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Hell yea to whole peppercorns. I add them to soups and salads and sometimes just snack on them right out of the jar.
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Thats hardcore!
I'll have to try it
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oh mercy !!! that is bad if it was whole. I thought they are hard to chew?
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It wasn't capers?

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It wasn't capers?

That's what I was thinking. No whole peppercorn sandwich for me.
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It wasn't capers?

Whole peppercorns are definitely used in many places. They have kind of a numbing taste, if that makes any sense. They're not too hard, nor are they real spicy (as in hot).

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Whole peppercorns are definitely used in many places. They have kind of a numbing taste, if that makes any sense. They're not too hard, nor are they real spicy (as in hot).

Your peppercorns must not be my peppercorns.
Unless they're simmered and softened you could chip a tooth on them, and they're the same heat index as cayenne - which is hot to quite a few people.
(white, green, red, or black peppercorns)

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It wasn't capers?

No, capers do not look anything like black peppercorns.
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Hell yes I would

I went to another location of the same chain restaurant, and the employees told me that the salmon sandwich had been discontinued. They did not say why or whatever. Whole peppercorns would not have been to my taste.
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Your peppercorns must not be my peppercorns.
Unless they're simmered and softened you could chip a tooth on them, and they're the same heat index as cayenne - which is hot to quite a few people.
(white, green, red, or black peppercorns)

Well I haven't had them simply added to a sandwich yet, mostly as an ingredient in various Chinese dishes in China. They were cooked, which I suppose probably softened them up a bit. Not sure about the difference in taste though, I just never found them to be that hot. Diluted in the cooking perhaps?

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No, capers do not look anything like black peppercorns.

But sometimes when they're cooked, they look kinda like big peppercorns. Ish.
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We put whole peppercorns in our chai tea and they definitely seem to soften in the steeping.

Never tried eating one afterwards though.

I would steep them before putting them on a sandwich. But I'd try it, I love pepper.
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I took a woman friend out to dinner last night after a meeting. While I ordered the Mediterranean Veggie sandwich, she ordered a salmon sandwich. When we got to our table, she pulled the top piece of bread off the sandwich and found numerous whole peppercorns around the outer border of the fish. She removed them by hand.

What gives here? Why would anyone put a bunch of whole peppercorns on a sandwich?

P.S. Please, no need to express your disapproval that she ordered a fish sandwich. That was her choice, and she did not ask my opinion.

I LOVE pepper.

Pepper goes really well with everything.
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#19 Old 05-14-2012, 02:11 PM
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I'm eating whole peppercorns as I type this. They're really no crunchier than say, a pomegranate seed.
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Okay I tried one.

Yeah, not as crunchy as I would have expected, but I'm gentle with my teeth so I probably wouldn't eat them carelessly unless they were a little softer. I think they are harder than pomegranate seeds, but not by a ton.
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#22 Old 05-16-2012, 09:22 PM
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Maybe they're softer than I think, as I've never actually tried to chew one, I might be wrong.
But the peppercorns I put in my pepper grinder really don't seem to be very soft, and thinking back, years ago at a restaurant where I cooked, I used to crush peppercorns to put on one of our gourmet burgers (blue cheese and crushed peppercorn - I don't remember what it was called). Anyway - we had a finishing hammer in the kitchen that was purchased just for crushing the peppercorns as they weren't easy to crush.
They sure don't seem soft to me, but as I said I could be wrong though. Do they soften with saliva? They are actually a dried fruit and not a seed as many might think, so maybe they rehydrate easily.

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I had a talk with my friend about this, and she concluded that what she saw were not peppercorns. Nor were they capers. They were sear-marks, i.e., burnt or blackened sections of fish as a result of the grill they were cooked on.
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#24 Old 05-18-2012, 03:03 PM
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