So versatile, roasted red pepper can go in pasta or a sandwich (a panino), but also top pizza. I have a different idea though... I intend it to be an option for my famous antipasti. I could roast the bell pepper ahead of time and store it in some good olive oil inside the fridge until needed. Then, when entertaining or making myself an easy dinner, I could pile slices into a small saucer/ramekin/bowl and then plop it onto a cutting board along with my other antipasti selections, such as cheese, crackers, prosciutto, salami, tomatoes, olives, etc. It would add a sweet element to the board.
One of my many antipasti spreads.
I'd likely place the peppers in that scalloped dish that the peanuts are in.
Here are a couple of antipasti platters featuring roasted red peppers...
(Need more antipasti inspiration? Definitely check out my Pinterest board.)
In addition to antipasti, I foresee roasted red pepper bruschetta in my future. I tend to only make classic bruschetta in the summer when the tomatoes are good. With roasted red pepper, I think I could make this appetizer all year round!
Roasting red peppers is so easy! I can't believe I have't done it before! I followed this recipe from Marin Mama Cooks that I found on Pinterest. I just roasted one today. I tend to cook/bake/make a food or drink item or two for the week on my day off on Monday. Short strips will likely end up in a simple pasta dish later in the week.
Roasted Red Peppers
1-4 red bell pepper(s)
1-2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil (only needed if storing in the fridge)
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
2. Wash pepper(s).
3. Cut pepper(s) in half lengthwise.
4. Cut out stem and any white parts. Discard seeds.
5. Place pepper halves onto a parchment-lined baking sheet cut size down.
6. Roast for 25 minutes.
7. Let cool for a little bit and put them in a bowl.
8. Cover bowl with foil and cool completely for 30 minutes.
9. Peel off skins (which is pretty easy).
10. Use right away or store them in a some kind of tupperware/glass container with lid/plastic bag drizzled with an olive oil intended for dressing/marinating and then place inside the refrigerator.