Thursday, 26 June 2008

Oven roasted sweet peppers

Did you know that yellow peppers (capsicums) are just unripe red peppers? Perhaps that's why AP always insisted his favourite peppers are red because they are sweeter. In any case, red, orange or yellow, peppers do taste particularly sweet when slow roasted in the oven. (Except for green peppers... I cannot abide green peppers unless they are smothered in a strong stir fry sauce... ) This makes for a great vegetable side dish that could be left to cook in the oven while preparing the main meal. The red onion is optional although it adds more flavour and sweetness as it caramelises with the peppers.

Slow cooked sweet peppers 1

Ingredients (serves 2 as a side dish):

2 peppers (red and yellow, or whatever you fancy), sliced into strips
1 small red onion, sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
Juice of half a lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to gas mark 4/180 degrees C. Toss all the ingredients in a roasting dish or deep tray and cook in the middle of the oven for about an hour. You can stir and mix the peppers halfway through cooking or just leave the oven to do its job.

We had the roasted peppers with salmon with citrus herb crust and buttered new potatoes.

Salmon with lime and herb crust - uncooked

Slow cooked sweet peppers 2

18 comments:

Trish said...

This looks really good!

VeggieGirl said...

I actually didn't know that about yellow peppers - interesting!! I love how vibrant those peppers look - yum!!

Mrs Ergül said...

What a spread! Love it - the healthy aspects of salmon; the colourful peppers and potatoes (my fav!)

noble pig said...

Roasted peppers are one of my favorite side dishes. They pair so well wih many things.

didally said...

I seldom get the green ones as well, mostly yellow and red cos they are sweeter. I love to roast them alongside with my chicken. They taste even sweeter when roasted.

Beth said...

I agree with you about the green peppers!! This looks a lovely side dish, very summery

Nilmandra said...

Trish: Thanks!

Veggiegirl: They do add lovely colours to a dish

Mrs Ergul: One of our more healthy dinners, heh. I try to cook fish/seafood twice a week.

Noble Pig: True, they are pretty versatile.

Didally: The green ones always taste... 'green' to me, if you know what I mean!

Beth: Looks like I'm not the only one with green peppers aversion!

Dave said...

Those peppers are an amazing complement to the rest of the meal! I love roasted peppers and onions!

Little Corner of Mine said...

I love oven roasted sweet peppers too! I also prefer the red one. The price of this red bell pepper these days are ridiculous though!

BTW, I have an award for you, come and claim it! :)

mycookinghut said...

I didn't know that the yellow ones and the unriped red pepper. Now I know!
This dish is so colourful. Again, it makes me hungry..

charming said...

I came across your site on LCOM site. I like your recipes. Thanks!

diva@theSugarBar said...

beautiful pictures as usual!! the peppers look absolutely divine and nice pairing with fish. mmmm.

Nilmandra said...

Dave: Thanks! I do love red peppers and use it quite often in various dishes.

Little Corner of Mine: The peppers prices are the same here no matter the colour. But then food prices in general have been rising... Especially eggs, since I love eggs and buy them very frequently, I feel the pinch!

My Cooking Hut: I didn't know that until quite recently too. I wonder what makes them orange then!

Charming: Thanks! Hope you enjoy the recipes :)

Diva: Thanks, although not as beautifully presented as your dishes :)

Love, TasteSpotting said...

hey there...love the roasted peppers in this post. saw the submission in TasteSpotting, and for some reason, the photo was cropped to the dark, background part of the picture. i'd love to see the post again, but maybe you could help us out by cropping the photo to 250x250 before uploading - just so it gets cropped to the prettiest part of the picture? :)

looking forward!

noobcook said...

The colours are so rich. The roasted vegetables look so heavenly ^^

Nilmandra said...

Tastespotting: I've resubmitted another photo. Hope it works :)

Noobcook: I do like the bright colours. Another reason not to use green peppers! ;)

csquad said...

Hi there! I made this today, and it was so simple and yummy, thank you! And i love the addition of the red onion - that purple just makes it so much more beautiful

Nilmandra said...

csquad: Great, glad you liked it!

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