Roasted Peppers

recipe and image via Chocolate & Zucchini

The amount of peppers to roast depends on their size and what you want to do with them. One pepper yields about 6 to 8 strips. To add into pasta or a salad, I would suggest roasting one pepper per two or three guests. For an antipasti, I would roast one pepper per guest. Mix and match the colors for a pretty antipasti platter effect!

Fresh peppers, firm and beautiful

1. Preheat the oven to 400°.

2. Wash and dry the peppers. Line an oven rack with foil. Put the peppers, whole, on the rack, and put the rack into the oven.

3. Leave the peppers in for 30 to 45 minutes, turning them every ten to fifteen minutes so they cook evenly. They will collapse and soften, and their skin will blacken and blister.

4. Take the rack out of the oven, and close the foil onto the peppers, so they are completely enclosed. If you are roasting many, you may want to divide them into two foil packages. Let rest for ten minutes. This step allows the steam from the peppers to loosen the skin, making it easier to remove.

5. Open the foil package. Pull out the stems and peel the skins off the peppers. Slice them open, and use a fork to remove the white inside membranes and the seeds. Cut into strips, and let cool to room temperature before serving. No need for any seasoning in my opinion, but adjust to your own taste with salt, pepper, chili powder…

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