How to Roast Pepper at Home
You can purchase roasted red peppers in a jar and they are fine when you need them for a recipe, but there is nothing easier than making your own roasted red peppers with fresh red peppers. The price of red peppers fluctuates throughout the year so why not roast a bunch of peppers when they are in season and don't cost too much and freeze them for when you need them.
Roasting Red Peppers
- Take the sticker off the pepper. Yo don't want to roast a label.
- Over a direct heat source, like your gas stove top, broiler or barbeque grill, char the skin of the pepper until it is ENTIRELY black. Any red skin not charred will not come off. Use kitchen tongs to turn the pepper.
- When the entire pepper is charred, plunge into an ice bath to shock. Let cool entirely. Do not put in a plastic or paper bag. This enables the pepper to continue to cook, cooking the flesh underneath. Shocking in ice stops the cooking process immediately.
- Now, simply rub off the charred skin and rinse.
- Filet the pepper, removing the red flesh, leaving white pith and seed cage behind.
- Julienne, dice, or stuff and roll the peppers into anything you'd like.
- Watch this video to see how Chef Michael Chiarello does it with gusto!
Here's a good cooking video by Chef Michael Chiarello demonstrating a few ways to roast peppers plus how to use them to prepare Homemade Salsa.
A great idea is too roast your peppers with cheese (allow the cheese to melt). Makes for a delicious side order. I think Mozzarella would be the best cheese to use with bell peppers but any cheddar cheese should do. Would you agree?
G. Stephen Jones
Great ideas Ryan. Thanks.