Roasted red bell peppers have a sweet and smoky flavor that is wonderful in so many different dishes. Haven’t tried them? You must! My favorite way of eating roasted red peppers is in a panini but I also love them in salads, pasta dishes, and even some appetizers. You may think they sound too hard to prepare on your own… but they really aren’t. They take minimal work and with fantastic results! Try it once and you’ll be hooked. There are several ways of roasting red peppers but my favorite is in the oven. I think it tastes better than over an open flame and it’s also much simpler. So here we go:
Wash peppers and place on baking sheet in oven. (Cover sheet in foil for easier clean up!) Broil with the oven door cracked until skin starts to blacken and blister. Rotate peppers so all sides get blackened – should take a total of 10-20 minutes.
Remove from oven and place in a bowl covered with plastic wrap. Let rest for 10-15 minutes. The steam will build up and make the skins easier to peel off.
Place cooled peppers on cutting board and gently remove the skins with your fingers. They should mostly slide right off.
Next remove the stem with core and seeds attached (this may fall out with gently tugging or you can use a sharp knife to loosen around the stem.) Holding the pepper upside down, gently squeeze/slide the seeds out.
Take a knife and make a slit up the length of the pepper and lay flat on cutting board. Using flat edge of knife gently scrape any leftover seeds and ribbing out.
Use immediately in your favorite dish or there are several ways to store roasted red pepper slices. If you will be using them within a week or two, you can place them in a glass jar with a little olive oil. If desired, add a garlic wedge or some fresh herbs. Store glass jar in the fridge. Even after you use up the peppers in the jar, you can use the flavored olive oil in cooking.
To freeze, place red pepper slices in a freezer bag, using wax paper to separate layers. Store in freezer for 3-4 months. ( They will last longer than this but the taste will diminish.)