My mother-in-law has shared some mighty-fine family recipes, and these roasted peppers are among our all-time favorites. They are super delicious served hot, cold…as a side dish, as a sandwich, as a snack…morning, noon or night!! They take a bit of work, but good food is well worth the effort. (right???)
I have her written recipe, and have watched her dozens of time, so I’ll try my best to keep this authentic. First up, you’ll need 4 – 5 lbs. of red bell peppers: (she would usually make 10 lbs. 😉
Remove the seeds by cutting around the green stem at the top of the pepper and then pull the stem out. (sometimes you have to give the stem a little twist) Reach into the pepper and remove as much of the pulp and seeds as possible:
Place peppers under the broiler, and broil until skins are somewhat blackened. You’ll have to rotate each pepper during cooking so that all sides blacken. It took about 35 minutes for my peppers to cook:
Place cooked peppers in a paper bag, or plastic grocery sack, and allow to cool until peppers are easy to handle, but still warm. This process helps loosen the skin, making it easier to remove the skin from the pepper.
Now…the messy, not-so-fun part. (Don’t give up…it’s still worth it!!) Remove the skin from the pepper by peeling it off with your fingers. The goal here is to remove the entire peel. (Well, sometimes close enough is good enough.) After the skin is removed, separate each pepper into three or four sections and set aside until all peppers have been peeled and separated.
Drizzle olive oil on the bottom of a casserole dish (I used a 13 x 9 x 2) and arrange the first layer of peppers. Sprinkle lightly with bread crumbs (mine are seasoned), place some fresh, thin garlic slices on top, sprinkle lightly with salt (pepper is optional) and drizzle olive oil across the entire layer.
I started with 4.5 lbs. of peppers, and I sliced 5 cloves of garlic:
Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for approx. 45 minutes (they’ll be really hot and bubbly). Remove the foil and continue cooking until they are completely soft and tender, and slightly browned on top…about 15 minutes more.
Yes, you can buy roasted peppers in a jar but, trust me, they do not compare.
I hope that I have honored my mother-in-law by sharing this version of her treasured recipe; one she generously and lovingly prepared for her grateful family.
Note to Mom: I got the peppers for $1.29 a pound!!