Monday, August 31, 2009

Roasting peppers: 3 easy ways

Carole Kotkin of McClatchy Newspapers writes, "I love the sweet, smoky flavor, silky texture and bright color of roasted peppers. You can buy them jarred, but homemade is much tastier. Once roasted, they keep well, so I prepare a dozen at a time and freeze the extra in 1-cup containers."


  • Picking peppers: Red bell peppers have the sweetest, most intense flavor; yellow and orange ones are somewhat milder. All three are good roasted. Green bell peppers are unripe (if left on the vine, they turn red) and better in other preparations.

    Choose firm, crisp peppers with no soft spots or wrinkles. Refrigerate in a loosely closed plastic bag. When ready to roast, wash, dry and remove stickers.

  1. On a grill: Place peppers on the grill grid over a medium fire about 4 inches from the heat, turning several times, until blistered and charred all over, 10 to 15 minutes.

  2. Under the broiler: Cut peppers in half and place, cut side down, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Place about 4 inches from the heated broiler and roast until done as described above.

  3. Over a gas burner: Hold the pepper over the flame with tongs or a meat fork (use an oven mitt if it's metal) and turn until charred on all sides. (Best when just one pepper is needed.)

Peeling: Place hot peppers in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap (or wrap in a brown paper bag) and let steam 20 minutes. Use your fingers or a table knife to remove skin. It's OK if charred bits remain. Don't rinse; you'll wash away flavor.

Using: Toss with pasta, scatter on pizza or omelets, chop over grilled fish or chicken breast, or purée for a dip or soup. My favorite use: Dress roasted peppers with olive oil, garlic and herbs and serve as an appetizer with fresh mozzarella or goat cheese.

source: The Dallas Morning News

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