Monday, May 21, 2007
Grilled peppers taste great. Yes, you can buy "roasted" peppers in the specialty stores, and yes, given the price of fresh produce in New York City, it may even be cheaper than making them yourself. But fresh grilled peppers are easy to make and really do taste great. Impress your friends, have your spouse adore you even more, and have your children call you "Pepper God of the West Eighties"; its all good. All you need is either a grill and a pepper.
Preheat a grill to the highest heat possible. It is not necessary to cover it, but the area should be well ventilated. Place the peppers on the grill. Turn occasionally, until the peppers are black on all sides. Remove from heat and place in bowl. After the peppers cool, remove stem and seeds and peel off blackened skin.
I tend to like eating the peppers on the spot. However, they can be preserved in olive oil or an oil-vinegar dressing. They will keep refrigerated this way for several days.