I absolutely love roasted peppers! I use them to make sandwiches, add them to hummus, and like them on top of my pizza.
Obviously, it is very easy to simply pick up a jar of roasted peppers at the grocery store (especially since red and yellow peppers can cost around $3 each), but the process of making your own roasted peppers is actually quite fun!
I was testing a recipe using roasted peppers for Robyn Webb's upcoming vegan cookbook over the weekend and decided to take a few photos of the process.
1) Wash and dry peppers. It's best to use red, orange or yellow ones.
2) Put the peppers directly on top of your gas stove so that the flame hits them.
3) Using a pair of long tongues rotate the peppers once a side of them gets black.
4) Once the entire surface of the peppers is black, take the peppers off the flame and put them in a glass bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap.
5) Let the peppers sit in the bowl for about 10 minutes. The created steam will make it easier for you to remove the skin.
6) Let the peppers cool for an additional 10 minutes (more/less depending on how much heat your hands can handle) and rub off the black skin. You might be tempted to rinse the peppers under the water, but that would remove the smoky flavor, so please don't :)
7. Cut off the top, remove the seeds, and you are ready to add these sweet things to your next recipe.
Additional ideas for using roasted peppers: salads, sandwiches, pureed soups, antipasti plates, bruschetta.