Top 20 Uses For Roasted Red Peppers
My refrigerator is never without roasted red peppers. Not only do they add smoky, tangy depth to virtually any dish, they're nutrient blockbusters, boasting 213% of the RDA for vitamin C per 100 grams (3.5 ounces). That's great news because vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that protects cells from free radical damage, boosts immunity, helps ward off infection, and reduces inflammation. Vitamin C is also vital for the synthesis of collagen, a structural protein that maintains the integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones. But that's not all. Bell peppers are loaded with antioxidant-rich carotenoids--over 30 different ones to be exact--including beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin.
Now that I've got your attention, let's explore ways to incorporate roasted red peppers into your regular menu!
Note: To roast your own peppers, hold them over the flame of a gas grill or place halves (skin-side-up) under the broiler until the skin is charred and blackened. Once blackened, transfer peppers to a plastic bag to steam for a few minutes. When cool enough the handle, remove the blackened skin and use the peppers as desired.
8. Use in place of tomatoes in Caprese salad (fresh mozzarella, basil, drizzle of good olive oil)
9. Roasted Red Pepper Soup: Simmer chopped peppers with good vegetable or chicken broth; puree with a touch of heavy cream; season with salt and pepper; garnish with fresh basil
19. Add to puttanesca sauce (peppers, tomatoes, olives, capers, oregano, rosemary, basil); serve over chicken, fish and pasta