When Rob and I moved into our new house, one of the first things we did was to disable the smoke detector. I know, I know. Danger, right? But the reality is this: even when I”m NOT burning something (and honestly, I’m often burning something), an alarm two feet from my stove is a bad, bad idea. (You don’t need to worry, though—my very smart sister-in-law forced me to put batteries back in, even if I don’t keep it next to the stove anymore.) For my latest stupid simple post, I’m going to walk you through the process of roasted peppers. And you’re going to want to take the batteries out of your kitchen smoke detector first.
Roasted peppers have a sweetness to them that raw peppers don’t and that peppers cooked in another way don’t. It is my favorite way to cook them, actually. I either want them raw or roasted. The end. If you’re not sure how to use roasted peppers, there are so many ways! Sauces! On pizza! Dips! In hummus! On pasta! Straight up!
The best thing is how simple this is. Simple enough to fall in my stupid simple category. I feel especially qualified for this one because basically to roast peppers, you burn them. And you know how I like to burn things. This is the kind of burning that is a GOOD burning, unlike most of my burning, which tends to be of my own skin or accidental.
You can look up other people’s methods of roasting peppers, but here is mine. Heat the oven to broil on high. Put a piece of foil on a baking sheet, cut the pepper in half and broil it until the outside is charred and burned. Black, even. Remove the pan (and turn off the oven, lest you burn something ACCIDENTALLY). Run a dishtowel under cold water, wring it out, and place it on top of the peppers for ten minutes. The skin will easily peel free. Discard the charred skin and use the soft insides of the pepper.
BOOM. Roasted peppers.
My favorite is red, but I’ve roasted orange and yellow too, especially when I find them on sale, since that’s how I shop. Do you have a favorite way to use roasted peppers? Or something you’re looking forward to making with them?
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