My mother always grew her own peppers and one of our favorite ways to eat the red ones was (and still is) roasted, mixed with oil, garlic, salt and sometimes a little oregano. My mother was making some the other day and I caught her just as she was turning the peppers on the tray. I said, “Whoa! What are you doing? I can blog this!” My mother was not born to blog. Whenever she’s helping me in the kitchen, she’s always moving onto the next step before I’ve taken a picture; she just keeps forgetting.
Making roasted red peppers is a bit messy, but so simple, because the skins slip right off once they are charred. You can grill them on the barbecue in the summer, or under the broiler (grill) anytime. They can be used in potato salads, on pizza, or basically any way you like. I’ll show you how to make the traditional antipasto the way my family makes it, and then you can just eat it with some bread, or top little toasts to make red pepper crostini. The flavor is fabulous!
How to Roast Red Peppers
BARBECUE METHOD: If you want to roast them on the barbecue, place them directly on the grill and turn as they become charred. Skip to the peeling instructions below.
BROILER/GRILL METHOD: Turn on your broiler/grill and place the red peppers on a rack which is placed on a cookie sheet/baking tray; put the peppers on top and place under the broiler. Turn as they become charred on each side.
After all the peppers are peeled, it’s time to remove the stem and deseed them. Just tear out the stem, open up the pepper with your fingers (this is the messy part) and pull out the seeds; easy-peasy!
Italian Style Red Pepper Antipasto
2 or 3 roasted red peppers, peeled and deseeded
1 or 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
2 or 3 tbsp good quality extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp or more sea salt or Kosher salt
one or two sprinkles of dried oregano (optional)
Tear the peppers into strips, and place in a bowl.
I’d recommend making this a few hours before you’d like to serve it so the flavors have time to develop. Use on an antipasto plate, as a side dish, on crostini, in a sandwich or however you choose, you won’t be disappointed.
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