Saturday, December 3, 2011

Preserved Roasted Peppers with Basil

Another pepper post! Well a couple of days ago, I bought some bell peppers in traffic light colours, red, yellow and green. I used a red one for some Chile Jam which I made in my previous post, used some for my veggie stir-fries and have a few more whole peppers in my fridge. I'll be going for a short holiday with my family, there will be no cooking for a few days and thought of using up all the peppers in a recipe which I found in Rachel Allen's Favourite Food At Home.


Traffic light peppers!  :o)


The peppers are first roasted in the oven for about 40 minutes, they will be soft and slightly blackened, and smells wonderful, the smell of roasted peppers.


Transfer to a bowl while still hot, keep covered, leave them until cool enough to handle, or until it comes to room temperature. The hot peppers will sweat (water) and its' own steam will make the peeling of the skin easier to handle.


After the skin are peeled, break the peppers into quarters.


Place them in a sterilized glass jar, layering the peppers in between pieces of fresh basil leaves. I added in a pinch of salt. Pour some olive oil over until peppers are soaked in oil.


You may serve immediately or keep in the refrigerator. I prefer to keep it for a few days before consuming, so that the flavours of the basil leaves are released. Use this in salads, would be perfect for the coming festive season.


Will be using this soon, when I'm back!


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Preserved Roasted Peppers with Basil
(adapted from "Rachel's Favourite Food At Home" by Rachel Allen)
4 peppers, of various colours, left whole
Olive oil
Basil leaves

Preheat the oven to 230C (450F), gas mark 8. Rub some olive oil over the peppers, then pop on a baking tray in the oven. Cook for about 40 minutes, or until very soft and a little blackened. Take them out of the oven, put into a bowl, cover with cling film and leave to cool.
Once the peppers are cool enough to handle, take them out of the bowl and use your fingers to peel off the skin and break the peppers into quarters. Do not rinse in water or you'll lose the flavour. Then, using a butter knife, scrape the seeds away, which should leave just the flesh. Layer in a sterilised jar, adding basil leaves between the peppers, and fill up with olive oil.

kitchen flavour's notes :
I added in a pinch of salt before I pour in the oil. 


23 comments:

  1. I like the way you call the peppers... traffic light peppers... :)

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  2. this is a new idea of doing with roast peppers, i would like to taste them!!

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  3. Never thought of preparing peppers this way, only use it in stir fries or stew!

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  4. Excellent recipe thanks for sharing this recipe.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  5. Super flavourful preserve,fabulous..

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  6. Great recipe! Make it ahead of time and use as and when you want them.

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  7. I LOVE roasted bell peppers, they taste so good! This is a brilliant idea :)

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  8. delicious lovely colourful preserve

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  9. Great to chuck on to a cheese platter when you are entertaining! Love it!

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  10. Muy bien con el sabor de la albahaca.
    Un saludito

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  11. Me encanta el sabor de la albahaca y pimientos,abrazos hugs.

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  12. Hi Joy,
    These peppers look so good. I can almost taste them. I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!
    Miz Helen

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  13. I can you just send me some or come do this for me! I love preserved peppers, love love love! I never get around to doing it and now with the baby coming and all I know I won';t have time but I do love having preserved peppers on hand for certain dishes and sauces! Great post

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  14. You are doing a good job by preserving excess food and using your home-grown herbs. Your children are so lucky to have a mother like you. Have a nice holiday. Berhati-hati di jalan raya. Heard that it storming there.

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  15. wow...thats something interesting !thats one delicious preserve !

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  16. Such a useful and great idea! Since I'm back to cooking for myself, these would be ideal for me not to waste food.

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  17. Very nice idea, my dear friend!!!
    Many greetings and kisses

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  18. This is also a good idea to give away to friends or relatives..

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  19. Hi Joy...how you been??? Looks like I've missed so many here...;)

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  20. This is a great idea - we are coming up to the height of pepper season here so I will definitely be trying this.
    Sue xo

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  21. I love roasted peppers...lovely idea to preserve them :)

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