Friday, August 12, 2011

How to: Roast Red Bell Peppers

Roasted red bell peppers are delicious and super easy to make. You should really incorporate them in more dishes. I say this, because I was always too lazy to roast them myself, and would buy the store versions. But as most things are, they are much better when made at home. 
There's not much to roasting them. There's only one part that is awfully annoying and that's peeling those suckers. 

So here goes: 
Step 1: Wash them and place them on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Bake them in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F. 

Step 2: Keep rotating them throughout and allow them to get sufficiently blackened and deflated. This should take about an hour. 

Step 3:
Once they have cooled down a bit, peel the skins off them. This takes some patience. Go slowly if you don't want to lose half the pepper. 

That's it! Slice them up, soak them in a vinaigrette or store in the fridge in some olive oil, whichever you prefer. They go great with everything- a few pieces sliced on a sandwich, added to a breakfast omelet, or tossed in a cold pasta salad. You'll find loads of ways to use them and they're healthy as well. Now that wasn't so hard, was it? 

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