It is quite well-known for every kitchen fan that the little tastes and even the forbidden pleasures of life can make a meal look like one of a superstar. Actually you don’t have to be a chef in order to get the best out of every vegetable that you encounter on your kitchen working space. One of the vegetables that are often ignored is definitely the pepper. It comes in various sizes and in bright red, yellow, green colours and most of us tends to us it to decorate festive plate not to treat it as a royal veggie.
There are various ways of preparing a pepper. You can stuff it with meat and rice, you can use it in your omelet or just simple throw it on your favorite sandwich. Yet still we are missing here the true taste of simplicity and of the way we can squeeze out all the flavour from the ordinary pepper. It sounds crazy but why don’t we just roast it? It is easy and fun and even your cat can do it.
But first is first. You have to go to that supermarket and buy it. I would recommend an open-air market for buying veggies, but if you can’t find one nearby you, a supermarket would do. The first test for the pepper is your sight. Just look at it. If you see any imperfection, drop it. You want to have a healthy pepper roasting. After that feel it. Some peppers might look excellent, but they turn out to be soft. Look for the hard ones with no soft or spoiled parts. After that you must choose the shape which is very important. Try not to buy the most distorted ones. Look for long and healthy peppers. Another type could be the fat ones which go just right. And the colour…well don’t worry about the colour. You can pick whatever colour you like, but remember that the red and yellow ones are tastier roasted. However on the first time, you can try them all and see which one you love.
At last, you are home and ready to do it. Wash carefully the peppers and then let them dry. If you have a barbecue grill outside you can use it, if not your cooking machine will do. If you use the cooking machine, you can either buy a grill for the cooking machine. It is normally black with a hole in the middle, you have to add water and put the top on it until it is finished. If you don’t have such a miraculous gadget, you can just use the oven and its additional plates to roast the pepper.
Now turn the heat on and only when the atmosphere is quite hot just drop the pepper on the gadget that you chose to use. It is a must to turn them round and round. Make sure that the grill or the plate is perfect clean, because it won’t be fun to have your peppers glued on the surface and the only solution is to tear them apart. We have to get intact and beautiful looking peppers. Now while we are waiting for them to roast, we must prepare a special and secret sauce. We just take olive oil, salt and vinegar. Wait until the peppers are finished. They have to be soft. You will know them by the smell and touch. Let them cool down in a bowl and add salt on each one of them. When they are almost cooled, put them o a separate plate. Take the juice they have left and after that mix it with 5 spoons of olive oil, 1 spoon of vinegar and salt to your taste. Dip all the peppers in the lovely sauce.
Here you are! You have the perfect roasted pepper on the planet. And this is not all. You can even preserve them for the winter time. Just roast them let them cool and put them in small plastic bags and off they go in your freezer. In the cold winter days, just take them out, defreeze them in the microwave and prepare the sauce. It is a delicious companion for every meal. You can use it virtually anywhere. Potatoes, rice and meat will be more than happy to have such a dish next to them. Use it for the sandwiches by cutting long slices. Even the hot sandwiches will have the particular flavour of summer.
Enjoy your special pepper dish. It has it all in it. Now, dare, go into your kitchen and prepare this fabulous recipe to the delight of your entire family. Bon appetit.