We're in an age where everything is simplified for us. We can do our banking online, go to a drive through for our morning coffee and go to school without leaving the comforts of our own homes. Technology is great, it makes our lives easier but in my opinion it also makes us lazy and dependant. I always loved hearing stories from Nanny about how she brought her laundry to the lake to do her washing or my father's stories about the different peddlers who strolled the streets selling their goods. This is a different age and there are many things that have become lost or forgotten. I know it's hard to resist the supermarkets temptations of pre-made meals and jarred sauces, I myself have been known to give in to the "fast and easy monster". Today I wanted to do things a little different and the result is well worth the time and effort. Next time you make a fresh antipasta platter think twice about opening that jar of roasted peppers. Try roasting them yourself! You'll love the fresh taste, I can guarantee it!
It’s really quite easy to roast peppers. There are a few different methods but this is the one I like the best. I use red peppers because they are the sweetest.
Brush peppers with olive oil and put on a hot grill on medium heat.
Leave peppers alone, don’t fuss with them until they blister and begin to turn black in some areas. Turn and do the same until all four sides are roasted and blistered.
Put peppers in a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Leave peppers alone to steam and the skins will loosen from the flesh. When they are cool enough to handle, peel off skin and discard.
Dress peppers with fresh garlic, basil, salt and extra virgin olive oil. There are no measurements for this. Use as much or as little as you like. Eat room temperature or cold.