Roasted red peppers are amazing.
Roasted red peppers marinated in garlic are even more amazing.
I always thought roasting your own peppers was a very drawn out procedure. Little did I know, it’s a pretty simple process. Not too long ago a good friend of mine gifted me a jar of her homemade roasted red peppers and in less than a day I ate the entire jar! Just that one little jar brought me so much joy, so I figured I would carry on her good deed and make my own batch to share with friends. 🙂 The gift of food makes people so happy!
First, set your oven to broil on high. Cut your peppers in half, gut the seeds and place the peppers cut side down onto a foiled baking sheet. My peppers were abnormally large so I ended up using two baking sheets. Once your peppers are ready to go, pop them in the oven on the highest rack closest to the broiler. Keep an eye on them for about 10 to 15 minutes, take them out of the oven once you see that beautiful charred skin. Don’t be afraid that you burned the peppers, they are supposed to look this way! The more char the better when it comes to peeling the skin off.
Next, take your hot peppers and place them in a covered bowl or a large plastic bag. During this time the peppers will steam and the skins will begin to separate from the pepper.
While your peppers are steaming and cooling, finely chop 8 to 10 cloves of garlic. Yup, your breath is gonna be kickin’!
Once your peppers are cool, peel the skins and start slicing. Toss your sliced peppers into some cute mason jars with the garlic and olive oil. Shake em’ up and share with friends!
After a few days of marinating in the jars, the garlic is a little less potent and I can literally eat the red peppers straight from the jar! Or you can keep it classy and top some crusty Italian bread for a delicious appetizer.
However you choose to eat them, be sure the people surrounding you have some too. Multiple people with garlic breath is much better than one lone soldier with stanky breath!