Roasting peppers is easy and the ones you make yourself are much better than the ones that come in a jar. But first, let's clear up a big misconception. Peppers can't be roasted by holding them with tongs over an open flame or placing them in a dry skillet. That process just blisters the outside of the peppers, leaving the insides raw. Which is great if that's what your recipe calls for! But if your recipe calls for roasted peppers, you'll need a different method.
How to roast peppers
This method can be used to roast any raw pepper, but most recipes call for roasted red bell peppers. Yellow and orange are also tasty.
- 4 bell peppers, washed and dried
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and evenly space the peppers on the pan. There's no need to spray the foil with cooking spray.
- Put the peppers in the oven and allow them to cook for at least 1 hour, opening the oven door only to quickly turn them with tongs every 20 or 25 minutes. The skin of the peppers will begin to blister and become wrinkly. Try to turn them to get all sides blistered well, but it's OK if there's still some color showing through in places. The peppers are done when they have black patches on all sides and have collapsed and softened.
- Remove them from the oven and let them sit without touching them for half an hour or until they're cool enough to handle. Remember, the juice inside will be very hot at first. Do not rush this step.
- When the peppers have cooled, work over a large mixing bowl and cut a slit up 1 side from top to bottom to remove the juices, seeds and the stem. Then use your fingers to remove and discard the blistered skin.
- Cut the peppers from bottom to stem side into slices about 1 to 1-1/2 inches thick.