Monday, January 7, 2013

How to Make Roasted Red Bell Peppers

A simple tutorial on how to roast sweet red bell peppers at home.


I love roasted red peppers.  I put them on homemade pizzas, sandwiches, and eat them by them selves.  I have found that they can be quite expensive to buy at the store so I make them myself.  It is messy but the the results are amazing.  This tutorial is for people, like me, who do not have gas stoves (apparently you can char the pepper skins directly over the flame).

Start with whole, clean red bell peppers.


You can roast just 1 or as many that will fit on your baking sheet.  Place them in the oven as close to the broiler as possible and broil for a few minutes until the skin chars, flip the peppers and repeat on all sides.  (I used my toaster oven because I only wanted to roast 2 peppers.  It worked wonderfully and I set the timer to the dark toast picture and it was the perfect time.)

As the peppers char they will blacken, the blacker and more burnt looking the skin the better (this adds great flavor and makes the skins easier to peel off).  Take out of the oven and immediately place the hot peppers into a zipper bag  and seal.  Allow peppers to sit and steam for at least 1 hour until they are cool enough to handle.

Now for the messy part.  Using your hands and a knife or fork, pull off the stem and squeeze out the seeds.  Then begin to peel the charred skin off the peppers (the knife or fork helps pull up the skin so you can get your fingers under it to peel).

Once peeled,. cut or slice the pepper into pieces of desired size or leave whole and place into a jar or Tupperware.  Cover with olive oil and store in the refrigerator.  I have kept these in the fridge for up to a week, but they will probably be eaten long before that.  Enjoy. 

3 comments:

  1. I love roasted peppers. I cheat now having a gas cooktop and just placing the pepper straight on to the flames and letting it sit there.

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  2. This is a great tutorial, thanks for sharing your technique. I think do-it-your-self roasted peppers tastes infinitely better than the jarred variety also.

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    1. Cafe, Thanks for stopping by (and commenting)I'm really glad you liked my tutorial.

      Lizzie, it's not cheating to use a gas stove top. I rent so I don't have a choice but I'm a little intimidated just thinking about roasting over an open flame. Thanks for commenting.

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