Peppers: What is the easiest way to roast peppers?

Erin e-mailed the Kitchen Shrink that she wanted to make a recipe that called for roasted peppers and she wondered if there is an easy way to make them.

There are a number of ways to roast peppers; all are easy. I used roasted red peppers a number of times in Sara’s Secrets for Weeknight Meals and included these instructions on page 30 of the book to help readers make them. If you have a gas stove, turn on one burner to a low flame for every four peppers you want to roast. Arrange the peppers directly on the grate over the flame and turn them often using tongs until they are blackened on all sides. If you have an electric stove, place a rack 4 inches from your broiler’s heat source and preheat the broiler to high. Place the peppers on the rack and char them as directed above. Either method will take 10 to 15 minutes. Then transfer the peppers to a bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap and set aside until they are cool enough to touch. Working over a bowl to catch the juice, quarter each pepper, discard the stem and seeds; pull off and discard the skin and use the peppers as directed in your recipe. Don’t rinse the peeled peppers as that removes some of the flavor. The juices you have caught in the bowl are a delicious addition to soups and sauces.

2 Responses to Peppers: What is the easiest way to roast peppers?

  1. Ed and Jeanne Brown says:

    We like them roasted with other vegetables and do not find in essential to even bother to remove the skin. Any reason the skin should be removed?

  2. Isaac Edwards says:

    I found a quick way to “roast” peppers. Stick a kitchen fork in the stem end to use as a safe handle. Using a propane torch char the skin as uniformly as possible (will be more uniform and quicker than gas stove or broiler). Finish in a 400 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes (if desired), then seal in a zip lock bag to steam so the char is released. Continue from that point as directed above.

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