You know me. I love going to the grocery store and ethnic markets to stock my pantry, but sometimes, there's nothing better than homemade pantry ingredients. I'm not suggesting you make your own mustard or Sriracha or pasta from scratch every time you want to use them in a recipe, but you can make all of those, and more. Although store-bought roasted red peppers have come a long way, they just don't compare to peppers roasted on the grill, or under the broiler, and seasoned to your taste with garlic, herbs, salt and pepper. So, while you're firing up the grill for weekend cooking, why not throw a few peppers around the edges? It takes just minutes to make your own marinated roasted peppers, and they'll keep for weeks in the refrigerator, ready to make instant antipasto, panini or pizza.
Marinated roasted peppers
Makes 1 quart of roasted peppers.
6 firm bell peppers, assorted colors
2-3 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole
A few sprigs of fresh thyme
A pinch of fresh black pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil
Whether you roast peppers on the grill, under the broiler, or on top of your gas stove, the process is the same.
Heat your cooking surface on high. Place the peppers on the grill, six inches under the broiler, or directly on the gas burners. Cook, turning frequently, until the skin is blackened on all sides.
Place the peppers into a large mixing bowl, and immediately cover the bowl with plastic wrap. The peppers should steam for 15 minutes under the plastic; by that time, they'll be cool enough to handle, and the skins will come off with a light rub of your thumb. Open the peppers carefully -- they'll still be hot inside -- and pull out the stem and seeds.
Slice the peeled flesh and place the slices in a one-quart glass jar. Toss in the garlic cloves, thyme sprigs and black pepper. Cover the peppers with olive oil. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours, or up to a few weeks.
More recipes in The Perfect Pantry:
Penne with roasted red pepper pesto
Chickpeas with sausage and peppers
Fregula sarda with roasted and fresh peppers, feta and basil
Mushroom and asparagus paella
Goat cheese and olive stuffed peppers
Other recipes that use these pantry ingredients:
Roasted red pepper hummus, from Pinch My Salt
Beef and sausage meatloaf with roasted bell peppers, from Nook & Pantry
Pasta with roasted red pepper sauce, from The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Roasted red pepper dip with feta and mint, from Kalyn's Kitchen
Roasted red pepper, lentil and corn soup, from Albion Cooks
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