Red bell peppers were plentiful at the market one day in the spring and I bought a lot of them. Then comes the question of how to serve them - one can only eat so many red peppers raw. I often make a mixture of roasted vegetables - zucchini, onions, peppers, mushrooms - and decided to try just the peppers. Roasting them at a high temperature makes them soft, juicy and caramelized on the edges. The leftovers are good cold, in a salad.
Roasted Red Peppers with Olives and Parsley
Red bell peppers, at least one per person (for the two of us I did 4, so as to have leftovers)
coarse kosher salt
2 Tablespoons sliced olives (Kalamata or olive-cured)
2 Tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
1/4 cup soft goat cheese (chèvre)
Seed the peppers and cut into long strips, about 1/2 - 3/4 inch wide. Toss on a rimmed baking sheet with olive oil, just enough to coat each strip. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Roast at 425 degrees for 40-50 minutes, stirring once or twice, until the peppers are soft and beginning to brown on the edges. Place on a serving plate, sprinkle with the olives and goat cheese. Toss the parsley on top just before serving.
Adding a sliced onion to the peppers before roasting is also delicious. Substitute whatever type of fresh cheese you like - I've used a sheep's milk feta for friends with dairy allergies.