How to Roast a Red Pepper

How to roast a red pepperSometimes it’s the simplest of things that make the biggest difference in a dish.  Like toasting oats before making oatmeal, adding coffee to that chocolate cake to enhance the flavor or using lemon juice to brighten up a dressing.
The same can be said for roasting an ingredient. Roasting brings out a different flavor and quality than what you get from the raw unadulterated state the ingredient started in.
Take for example a roasted red bell pepper. In its natural state it’s crunchy and slightly sweet.  After roasting a red pepper it becomes smoky, soft and takes on a whole new flavor and texture.
Simply roasting a red bell pepper opens up a whole new array of recipe possibilities and can make a big difference in a dish.
Roasted peppers are perfect for sauces, hummus, aiolis, condiments, garnishes, soups, appetizers or even just enjoyed on their own.
There are a few different methods to roast a red pepper but today I’m going to be using the broiler method.How to roast a red pepperRoasting a red pepper in the oven is easy. Turn the oven on broil and rotate the red pepper as it chars on each side. Allow it to sweat in a covered bowl or sealed bag for 15 minutes and then peel the skin off.How to roast a red pepperHere’s what the pepper looks like after the skin is removed.

How to Roast a Red Pepper

-Set the oven on broil.
-Wash and dry the pepper.
-Line a baking sheet with foil and place the pepper on it.
-Allow the pepper to sit under the broiler until it starts charring. Use tongs to rotate the pepper so that all sides get charred.
-Remove from the oven and place in a bowl.
-Cover with a dish towel, plastic wrap or a plate and allow it to sweat for about 15 minutes.
-Gently peel the skin from the pepper. It should remove pretty easily.
-Remove and discard stem, seeds and ribs from the inside of the pepper.

And since today is Finley Friday…Finley Friday
Finley loves the cooler weather we had a few days ago. We went out to play in the field.
Butterfly
There were these purple butterflies or moths flying around in the grass. I started using Google to back up the image of my phone and they have a feature called Auto Awesome. It takes some of the pictures I took and enhances them. I took a few photos of the butterflies in succession and it automatically puts them together to create an animation.