is nothing quite like the aroma of roasted red peppers! Roasted
peppers add a smoky layer of flavor that cannot be duplicated
by anything else. The sweet crisp taste of fresh bell pepper
completely transforms when roasted into a sultry, smoky almost
seductive ingredient. OK, maybe not seductive,
but undeniably delicious at the very least. Roasting a pepper
is the easiest way to remove the skin, soften the pepper and
to produce an incredible smoky flavor.
Roasting a pepper is quite simple to do.
We recommend roasting a few peppers at a time (even if your
recipe only requires one roasted pepper), because it is so
nice to have roasted peppers on hand for a wonderful addition
to salads, grilled meats, grilled fish, grilled poultry, vegetables,
appetizers and soups. They will keep covered in the refrigerator
for several days.
There are two basic methods for roasting
peppers under a broiler or over an open flame.
roast a pepper in the broiler:
Preheat your oven to broil. Place whole
peppers on a dry baking sheet and broil until the skin turns
brown to black. Turn the peppers and broil until all sides
are blackened. Remove the peppers from the oven and place
immediately in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside
for 10 minutes. The heat from the peppers will create steam
that will separate the skin from the flesh. Place the peppers
on cutting board and peel off the skin. The skin should peel
away easily. Remove the seeds and the stem and the peppers
are now ready for use.
To roast a pepper over an open flame:
Place the pepper over an open flame
this could be on a grill or actually held with tongs over
a flame. Turn the peppers until all sides are blackened. Proceed
as described in the instructions above.
Experience the wonderful flavor of roasted
peppers in these outstanding recipes:
Red Pepper Risotto with Sausage
Red Pepper & Mozzarella Bruschetta
Red Pepper Rolls Stuffed with Prosciutto, Mozzarella
Red Pepper Rolls Stuffed with Goat Cheese & Herbs
Yellow Pepper Soup with Cilantro Puree & Creme Fraiche
with Mushrooms & Roasted Peppers
Fish with Basil Roasted Pepper Salsa
Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Roasted Peppers
Peppers & Herbed Goat Cheese Rounds
& Roasted Pepper Salad with Grilled Tuna