In magazines or on TV, I enjoy reading about parties and potlucks attended by all sorts of food luminaries; I am interested in who is bringing what. Alice Waters, of Chez Panisse fame, always is on record bringing a big platter of roasted red peppers, even if she is traveling to the east coast from Berkeley. I am fascinated that a chef with such a sophisticated palate would consistently chose such a humble dish. Well, just you taste it. You will always be popular at a potluck if you show up with a big platter of roasted peppers marinated in their own juices for a side dish. Everyone, even non-pepper lovers, eat them. Once when I served these they were described as “the caviar of peppers.” You can use yellow bell or multicolored ripe peppers, or a combination of colors, in place of the red. If you want to serve the dish warm, place in a gratin dish, sprinkle with bread crumbs rubbed with a bit of olive oil, and place under the broiler for a few minutes.
Serves 12 to 15
Preparation Timeline: Best made the day ahead
Serving Equipment: A large serving platter, serving fork
Temperature at Serving: Chilled or room temperature
About 1/2 cup olive oil (can be extra-virgin or light, according to your to taste)
4 to 6 cloves garlic, minced (can be done in a food processor or by hand)
1/2 bunch Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
Place the peppers on a baking sheet and broil until the skins blister, about 3 minutes. With a pair of metal tongs, turn a quarter turn and broil, until the entire pepper is charred. (This can also be done over a gas grill.) Immediately place the peppers in a paper or plastic bag. Close the bag and let the peppers sit and come to room temperature, about 20 minutes; the steam will loosen the charred skin. Holding each pepper, cut open one side and pull out the seeds, ribs, and stem; discard. With a paring knife, peel off the skin over a small bowl, which will collect the juices. If some sticks, rinse under cold running water. You can store the peppers in their juices in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, if you wish.
Cut each pepper in half, then into 2 or 3 pieces, placing in a large gratin dish or on a shallow platter in a single layer or slightly overlapping. Drizzle with the oil, then sprinkle with the garlic, parsley, and any collected juices. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 1 day.
Transportation Notes: No special precautions as long as tightly covered and not in a position to tip over or slide around.
Onsite/Preparation: None. Good with fresh crusty sliced French bread.
Recipe and text copyright Beth Hensperger 2016
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