By The Spoonful


Quick Tip: Roasting Peppers

Roasted Peppers

Roasted peppers are a great way to add a pleasant roasted or Smokey flavor to a recipe. Sometimes a tender pepper is desired instead of a crisp crunchy pepper in a recipe or on a sandwich. Roasting a pepper not only slightly cooks the pepper, but breaks down the skin of the pepper so it can easily be removed.

There are a few ways to roast a pepper. If you are lucky enough to have a gas range/stove you can roast peppers over the open flame. If you are busy or have a ton of peppers to roast, then this approach is not for you. It requires some time; you need to watch the peppers and turn them to have an even roast. You can also roast peppers by placing them directly on a grill. If you’re like me and don’t have an awesome home grill yet, and grilling normally being a seasonal activity, roasting peppers this way isn’t always possible.

The easiest way to roast peppers is to oven roast them. In my opinion it is the easiest of all ways to roast peppers. It can be done with out constant supervision and multiple peppers can be roasted at the same time.

Roasting Peppers How To:

  • Pre-heat your oven to 500F. Arrange peppers in a single layer on a baking sheet. If you are roasting large peppers like a bell peppers, then cut pepper in half.

Roasted Peppers  Roasted Peppers

  • Roast peppers for 15-30 minutes or until peppers are blackened and skin starts to blister. You should be able to smell the the peppers roasting, it will slightly fill the house.

IMAG0426  Darken & blistered peppers.

  • Place peppers in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. This will allow the steam to collect and  further soften the peppers skin.

Peppers in a bowl.  Peppers in a bowl.

  • Let peppers sit for 10-15 minutes in the steam. They will look wrinkled when they are ready to be peeled.

Pepper steam  Steamed Peppers

  • Wearing gloves to protect your hands from the oils of spicy peppers. You won’t want to use your bare hands and then touch you eye……it will hurt!
  • Gently pull or rub skin off of pepper. The skin should come off easily with little effort on your part. If you don’t have gloves, you can also use a fork and knife to pull the skin from the pepper.
  • Cut the top/stem off of the peppers and discard.

Skin pulled of peppers.  Cut top off pepper.

  • Slice open you pepper and scrap out the seeds and white membrane leaving the tender flesh. The seeds and membrane of a pepper is where most of the heat will be located in any type of pepper. If you like you food hot, hot, hot then keep some of the seeds and membrane in your recipe. Otherwise, discard seeds and membrane.

Cut pepper lengthwise.  Seed pepper.

  • Now you have tender roasted peppers perfect for a salad, dip, gourmet pizza or a sandwich.
  • Roasted peppers can be stored in an air tight container in your refrigerator.

I just roasted jalapeno peppers for a Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese! How will you use your roasted peppers?

Roasted Bell Peppers


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