Roasted Garlicky Sweet Peppers and Chiles
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Don’t like it hot? Remove the seeds to tone it down, or make this addictive condiment with sweet peppers alone.
- 3 pounds sweet red peppers (such as bell or Aztec), quartered lengthwise, seeds removed
- ½ pound red chiles (such as cayenne, Fresno, or jalapeño), halved lengthwise, seeds removed if desired
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Preheat oven to 300°. Toss sweet peppers, chiles, garlic, oil, and sugar in a large baking dish; season with salt and black pepper.
Roast peppers and chiles, tossing every 30 minutes or so, until they are completely softened and starting to caramelize in spots, 2–2 ½ hours. Let cool, then add vinegar and toss to combine.
Do Ahead: Peppers and chiles can be roasted 1 week ahead. Cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Nutritional ContentCalories (kcal) 190 Fat (g) 14 Saturated Fat (g) 2 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 14 Dietary Fiber (g) 4 Total Sugars (g) 8 Protein (g) 2 Sodium (mg) 10Reviews Section
Oven-Roasted Mini Sweet Peppers
Oven-Roasted Mini Sweet Peppers make such a colorful side dish! I have cooked the peppers on the grill, but more often than not I have roasted them in the oven. It’s super easy and can be made ahead of time and eaten at room temperature.
When I serve them as an appetizer I leave the stems on. They have very few seeds I just wash them and grill them or roast them and serve them whole.
As a side dish, however, I like to take the stems off and I remove most of the seeds. I recently served them with Gemelli with Sausage, Grapes and Red Wine. The peppers added great color to the plate and were delicious with the pasta.
I hesitate to even call Oven-Roasted Mini Sweet Peppers a recipe, but I found that every time I made them I turned to the Internet for oven temperature recommendations and timing. I figured other people would also like go-to instructions, so here’s how I did it.
Hatch chiles are a variety of green chiles originating from New Mexico, specifically the Hatch Valley. They are naturally smoky in flavor and subtly sweet. As far as spiciness goes, they range from mild to extra hot.
Hatch chiles are in season for only a small period of time each year early August through September. During this time many grocery stores carry them.
You can also order them fresh and have them delivered to your doorstep year-round from places like Hatch Chile Store.
Garlicky Hatch Chile Butter
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Hatch Chile Butter gets a flavor jolt from garlic and roasted Hatch chiles, to lift it into memorable territory. Use on corn bread, corn on the cob, baked potato, popcorn or grilled steak.
In the midst of a season of excitement about the Hatch chile, one of the people most excited about these flavorful chiles is Margie Hodges of Tub’s Fine Chili & Fancy Fixin’s, a small, folksy restaurant in Culver City, Calif. (Note from Dorothy 8-20-19: This restaurant closed after owner Rick passed away in June 2017.)
What, you never heard of Hatch chile season? It’s right now, through September, and then those beautiful green Hatch chiles, which are grown only around Hatch, New Mexico, will disappear for another year.
Margie roasts the Hatch to use in her Hatch Chile Garlic Butter, which is served to complement her cornbread Hushpups at the restaurant.
She’s the “BossMama” to husband Rick Hodges’ “Rancher Rick.” He really does wear a cowboy hat at the restaurant, they really do say “yee-haw” and their home-cooked, countrified, hole-in-the-wall storefront restaurant is 100% charming.
Margie recently won a ShockD Hatch Chile Prize Pack supplied by Melissa’s Produce, which included a Hatch Cookbook, fresh Hatch, dried Hatch chile powder and whole dried chiles. Margie promptly put the ingredients to use in her butter.
Make her easy flavored butter to go with your corn bread, or to dab onto your corn on the cob or baked potato, or put a bit on your steak just as it comes off the grill. Margie also suggests you try it on popcorn!
How to Make Chili-Garlic Sauce
First, select and measure out your chili peppers by weight. Four ounces is good. You can choose any type of pepper to make a good chili-garlic paste, though Thai chiles are traditional in some regions. Red, fresh, vibrant peppers are ideal. Consider cayennes, red jalapenos, red serranos, or Fresno peppers to make this sauce.
Add the peppers to a food processor along with 4 garlic cloves, 1 tablespoon sugar, 2 tablespoons white vinegar, and a bit of salt and pepper.
Next, process to form your sauce. Pour all of the ingredients into a pot and simmer them for about 10 minutes to meld the flavors.
Finally, cool and adjust with a bit more salt and pepper to your personal tastes. Store in a sealed jar in the fridge until ready to use.
How To Make Magic Garlicky Tofu:
To make this recipe, simply:
- Prep and bake the tofu. See here for instructions on how to make my crispy baked tofu recipe. (It’s super easy — just drain, season and bake the tofu until crispy!) Then while the tofu is draining and baking…
- Prep your sauce ingredients. As in, chop a million cloves of garlic, a small red onion, and a jalapeño (or two). Then whisk together the base for your sauce (water, soy sauce, maple syrup, black pepper, cornstarch and ground ginger).
- Cook the sauce. Sauté the onion, garlic and jalapeño until they are all nice and soft and fragrant. Then add in the soy sauce mixture and simmer until thickened.
- Toss everything together. Then add the baked tofu to the sauce and gently toss until combined. And…
- Serve! Garnished with lots of green onions and toasted sesame seeds, if you’d like.
Our Favorite Chile Pepper Recipes for Every Spice Level
We here at SAVEUR love cooking with chiles from all over the world, from Mexico’s dried chiles and New Mexico’s hatch chiles to China’s Szechuan peppercorns and the Caribbean’s scotch bonnets. Whether you’re using them fresh, dried, or powdered, there’s so much you can do with chile peppers: whip up a spicy chile oil to drizzle over soup or dumplings slather a chile rub on basically any meat make a batch of traditional Hawaiian chile water or next-level DIY hot sauce or shake up a chile-laced cocktail. Whether you can really handle your spice or prefer a milder heat, we’ve got you covered with our collection of chile pepper recipes.
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What you’ll need to make Broccoli with Chipotle Honey Butter
As you can see, the recipe calls for one of my favorite pantry staples: canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. There are about ten peppers in a can since you’ll only need one or two, you can transfer the rest to a plastic container and save for other recipes. They keep for a long time in the refrigerator or freezer and there are endless delicious ways to use them. For some ideas, check out this very popular Black Bean, Corn and Avocado Salad, these Baja Fish Tacos, and these Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas.
Notes on the Fermenting Process
Most of the work is in the fermenting process, and that isn&rsquot much work. It&rsquos mostly chopping, measuring, and WAITING. Waiting is the hardest part.
You can ferment for a week or 2 to let the good bacteria do their work, but you can easily go longer. I often go about 8 weeks for mine.
If you&rsquore new to fermenting, I have some information you can refer to. See: How to Ferment Chili Peppers (How to Make Fermented Pepper Mash).
A few notes on making hot sauce.
Aside from drizzling it over anything you please, here&rsquos a post I did about How to Cook with Hot Sauce. As if you need even MORE reasons to eat hot sauce. I hope you find it helpful!
Check out more Hot Sauce Recipes or learn more about How to Make Hot Sauce.
If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you&rsquoll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don&rsquot forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I&rsquoll be sure to share! Thanks! &mdash Mike H.