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How to Roast Red Peppers

Roasted red bell peppers are a great addition to salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes, and antipasto platters. I love to make my own at home, jar them and have them on hand for whenever one strikes my fancy. Large red bell peppers are sweet, not spicy and can be found in grocery stores year-round — although their peak season (when they are the cheapest) is from May until August. Here how to roast them:

  1. Start by washing the peppers and removing the stickers. Next you can either char them on high heat on a gas range stove by placing them directly onto the grates, or roast them in the oven (which is what I like to do). Use tongs to turn the pepper to blacken on all sides. Cook on the grill the same way.
  2. If roasting in the oven, preheat to 450°F. Arrange the peppers on a cookie sheet and roast in the oven, turning every 15 minutes until done (about 30 minutes).
  3. Whatever technique you use to blacken the peppers, once they are done, place in a covered bowl or brown paper bag. As the steam from the peppers condenses, the skin becomes easier to peel off.
  4. Once the peppers have cooled, carefully peel off the blackened skin and discard. You can do this with your fingers or a sharp paring knife. Pull or cut off the top of the pepper and squeeze gently to remove the seeds.

Never rinse or wash the peppers, as the water will diminish the smoky flavor. When the skins and seeds have been removed, cover the peppers in oil, adding garlic slices or herbs if desired, and refrigerate for up to two weeks.

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GramaDee GramaDee 4 years
after you clean them (peel and remove seeds) freeze them in freezer bags. put a small amount in each bag as they will freeze together. OR>>>>> you could freeze them on wax paper lined cookie sheet then transfer to freezer bag letting you remove single peppers.
GramaDee GramaDee 4 years
after you clean them (peel and remove seeds) freeze them in freezer bags. put a small amount in each bag as they will freeze together. OR>>>>> you could freeze them on wax paper lined cookie sheet then transfer to freezer bag letting you remove single peppers.
wreza74 wreza74 4 years
Did this tonight & made roasted red pepper hummus, this is good but I'd just as soon buy a jar at Dollar Tree for $1...save me the hassle of heating the oven~ But I will say, the Hummus turned out delish!!
westerville westerville 4 years
Making roasted red pepper hummus will let you know later how it turned out.
lauren lauren 4 years
When I make them if I use them quickly I will just keep them in a sealed container and they keep great!
ishop2much ishop2much 8 years
quick and easy, can't wait to try this! yum!!!
SU3 SU3 8 years
Wow, thanks for the pointers!
amandaaa amandaaa 8 years
mmm roasted red peppers are delightful! thanks!!
SwtAsSgar SwtAsSgar 8 years
mm... you are right, Cestlavie, the jarred ones are expensive. I always wanted to make my own but figured it would be difficult. Doesn't sound too bad. Thanks partysugar. ~SwtAsSgr~
SwtAsSgar SwtAsSgar 8 years
mm... you are right, Cestlavie, the jarred ones are expensive. I always wanted to make my own but figured it would be difficult. Doesn't sound too bad. Thanks partysugar.~SwtAsSgr~
jendudley jendudley 8 years
I put one of these babies in my gazpacho. I bet it would have been better if it had been roasted.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 8 years
Hmmm... guess I've never thought about making my own, sounds simple and the jarred ones are a bit pricey.
crispet1 crispet1 8 years
Good to know.
crispet1 crispet1 8 years
Good to know.
andaman andaman 8 years
Try this with warm chorizo and rocket in a sandwich. I promise you will go to heaven.
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