Roast your own Peppers – They taste so good….

by Hot Juan on February 11, 2011 · 3 comments

in Recipes

Red Peppers are cheap at the moment, and are fantastic roasted on the BBQ, and then served in a salad,  made into a soup, or even preserved pickled in vinegar or oil.

You will find roasted red pepper available in jars in most good supermarkets and Deli’s, but they can be expensive, they are however remarkably simple to do at home. I did these a while after I started the BBQ, but before the charcoal was ready to cook the meat. If you don’t have a bbq, you can do if over the flame from a gas hob, but if you do remember to hold the peppers with tongs and they will get very hot.

Roasting Red Peppers on the BBQ

Roasting Red Peppers on the BBQ

They may look burned to a crisp, but only the skin is burned.

Turn them every few minutes until they are evenly burned, once they are black all over seal them in a Tupperware box or a large paper bag to cool, steam from the peppers will help separate the skin from the flesh.

Removing burned skin from roasted Red Pepper

Removing burned skin from roasted Red Pepper

Now carefully pull aways the burned skin from the flesh, do not worry about every little flake,

Note: do not wash the peppers under the tap, while this will remove any flecks of skin, it will also wash away the roasted, smokey flavour.

Removing seeds from roasted Red Pepper

Removing seeds from roasted Red Pepper

Split open the pepper and remove the seeds and stalk, you may find any juice inside the pepper is still very hot, please be careful.

Cleaned Roasted Red Pepper

Cleaned Roasted Red Pepper

A completed roasted red pepper.

Now you can cut it into slices and serve as part of a green salad, or cover with a vinaigrette. Almost anything you do will taste great.

You can use this process of any thick fleshed pepper, but you may wish to ware gloves when work with any particularly hot varieties

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