Thursday, March 15, 2012


Most recipes—if not all—for roasted red peppers tell us to “roast/toast them” on a gas stove over a flame, then place the peppers in a brown bag to cool down.

Mine are not done that way.  I have a different approach.  And, after more than 15 years of my method—more like 25 years—and after receiving accolades from a grandmother Italian woman who was born and raised in Italy, and who loved my method of making roasted peppers, I can’t complain. It’s easy, simple and easy.  Did I say easy?

First, saturate the red peppers in the best quality of extra virgin olive oil on this planet.  I use my hands as a “brush”.  Then, place the peppers on a sheet pan.  Insert the pan into a 350 degrees oven.  Every 20 minutes, turn the peppers over, until about an hour has elapsed, and the peppers look charred and done (no gas stove flames in this scenario).  Turn off oven and let peppers sit and cool down… no brown bags here.  Let the peppers settle and cool down.  Eventually, remove from oven and let cool further.  When peppers are cool enough to handle, remove skins and seeds.  Shred peppers into strips, or keep chunky….whatever is your preference.  Now, the fun starts.  Add  herbs to incorporate flavor and to experience the best-tasting peppers of a lifetime.  Well, yeah…they are…..

First, garlic, minced… a lot (or a little)….
Then, freshly minced parsley, basil, rosemary, oregano (or herbs of your choice)
And, olive oil, of course…about ½ cup.
That’s it.  Let peppers and all of that love marinate for at least a day or overnight, and then enjoy. 

The recipes are endless as to what can be created using the roasted peppers:  Sandwiches, breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks.

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