How to roast peppers

Here is another quick, easy and practical post to add to your kitchen skill toolbox.

Let’s talk about peppers

Today I want to talk about peppers. It might not seem important, but the ability to roast your own peppers is not only a must but also super easy to do. As with most ingredients how you prepare them can enhance the flavour. This holds very true for roasting peppers. The roasting process brings out their sweetness. 

Yes, you can go to the supermarket and buy roasted peppers in a jar, but you miss out on the freshly roasted flavours. Plus you have to figure out what that firming agent is.

Roasted peppers can be used in a range of recipes; you can replace that tomato sauce for a pizza, add them to a salad or blend them down into soup.

Three ways to roast

There are a few methods you could use to roast your peppers

  • Oven roasting
  • Grill
  • Stovetop roasting

Stovetop Roasting 

If you are fortunate enough to have a gas cooker this method is the perfect option for roasting one or two peppers at a time. This method requires a little more effort from you but is still great.

  1. Turn your gas flame on to a low to medium heat.
  2. Place the pepper over the flame; I lean the pepper against the metal for pans. 
  3. When the skin of the pepper starts to colour rotate the pepper so that a new part of the skin is over the flame. Keep turning the pepper when the skin begins to colour.
  4. Keep turning the pepper when the skin begins to colour.
  5. When the pepper is charred take it off the heat, put them in a bowl, cover the bowl with cling film and let the peppers steam for 10 minutes
  6. After 10 minutes take the peppers out of the bowl and use your fingers to peel the skin away
  7. Use your fingers to peel the skin away
  8. Pull the stem out of the pepper and use a knife to scrape out the seeds.

Turn your gas flame on to a low to medium heat.

Place the pepper over the flame; I lean the pepper against the metal for pans. 

When the skin of the pepper starts to colour rotate the pepper so that a new part of the skin is over the flame. Keep turning the pepper when the skin begins to colour.

Keep turning the pepper when the skin begins to colour.

When the pepper is charred take it off the heat, put them in a bowl, cover the bowl with cling film and let the peppers steam for 10 minutes

After 10 minutes take the peppers out of the bowl and use your fingers to peel the skin awayUse your fingers to peel the skin away

Pull the stem out of the pepper and use a knife to scrape out the seeds.

Oven roasting

This is the easiest method because you can roast lots of peppers at the same time and the clean-up is a lot easier. 

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees C/ 400 degrees F
  2. Start with some fresh peppers
  3. Line a baking tray with some aluminium foil
  4. Place the peppers on the baking sheet
  5. Place the peppers on the baking sheet
  6. Roast the peppers for 20 minutes then turn them and roast for another 20 minutes. When the peppers are soft and have collapsed in on themselves, they are ready. 
  7. When the peppers are soft and have collapsed in on themselves, they are ready.
  8. Remove the peppers from the oven and put them in a bowl, cover the bowl with cling film and let the peppers steam for 10 minutes
  9. Remove the peppers from the oven and put them in a bowl,
  10. After 10 minutes take the peppers out of the bowl and use your fingers to peel the skin away
  11. Use your fingers to peel the skin away
  12. Pull the stem out of the pepper and use a knife to scrape out the seeds.

Grilling

This method is similar to the oven roasting method, you can’t roast as many under a grill, but it is still an easy cleanup.

  1. Preheat your oven grill to its highest setting
  2. Line a baking tray with some aluminium foil
  3. Place the peppers on the baking sheet
  4. Grill the peppers for until the skin starts to colour, turn the peppers and continue to grill and turn until all parts of the pepper are coloured. 
  5. When the peppers are soft and have collapsed in on themselves, they are ready. 
  6. Remove the peppers from the oven and put them in a bowl, cover the bowl with cling film and let the peppers steam for 10 minutes
  7. After 10 minutes take the peppers out of the bowl and use your fingers to peel the skin away
  8. Pull the stem out of the pepper and use a knife to scrape out the seeds.

Ready to use

Once the peppers have been skinned and deseeded they are ready to slice and use. If you plan to keep them sort a while you can store the peppers on oil in the fridge, they should last for about a week.

Sliced peppers ready to use

How do you eat yours?

If you roast peppers what do you eat them with, let me know in the comments below

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