Monday, May 25, 2009

Roasting Peppers

Happy Memorial Day! To those service men and women who serve our country here and abroad, and for those who have fallen... I thank you for all you do to preserve our freedom in this great country!

Cooking Dad wanted to make some roasted red peppers for his Roasted Red Pepper Mayo which he is putting on our grilled corn on the cob today for part of our wonderful BBQ dinner. He really didn't know how to do it, so I told him. Here is the instructions for some wonderful roasted peppers. The key is blackening the peppers so they peel easily to then roast them in the oven.

The method I told him to do for blackening the skin on the peppers was the grilling method outside. A person can also use the cookie sheet under the broiler or an indoor grill for blackening the skins on peppers.

Here is when we first put the peppers on the grill, they are indeed red. (they changed colors as they cooked from red to orange before becoming blackened).

Then as they are grilling they start to turn black; and, they smell so good! They are starting to turn orange while they are blackening.

When he took them off the grill, they are pretty blackened. This way you can peel off the skins after they have sat either in a paper bag or under a kitchen towel for about 5 minutes.

Well, I should have told him to get a large red pepper, because then maybe the peeling would have been easier for him. Instead we bought a bag of small peppers at Costco so that I could have other peppers for cooking and those baby peppers make great snacks. Our kids love to just eat the sweet peppers right out of the bag. They are kind of funny aren't they? Most kids won't eat peppers like that, but ours love those peppers. But, for roasting you really need a bigger pepper; Cooking Dad had a hard time peeling these because they are small.

After they are peeled, you preheat an oven to 400 degrees. In a square baking dish, put down a little olive oil (about 1 Tbsp) and put in the peppers and roast in the oven for about 20-25 minutes.

Then you just chop them up and add them to your favorite recipe. In this case, Cooking Dad is making Roasted Red Pepper Mayo for our corn tonight. Very easy to roast peppers, just takes a bit of time and a couple different cooking methods to make some great roasted peppers.

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1 comment:

Heidi said...

These turned out great. I've never made them myself. I cheat and buy the canned ones. I will try this next time.