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Roasted red peppers with basil 004

Everyone loves these. Eat as a starter with wholemeal gluten-free bread or fresh 100% rye bread (if you can eat gluten) to soak up the sweet juices. Last week we served them as a side with marinaded roast chicken pieces on a bed of cooked millet (with basil pesto and sliced spring onions stirred in). Yum!

To serve 4:
4 red peppers
4 medium tomatoes
8 small anchovy fillets
2 cloves garlic
8 dsp (dessertspoons) extra virgin olive oil
Black pepper
Fresh basil leaves

1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F/gm4.
2. Cut peppers in half lengthways, keeping green stalks intact, removing seeds, and lay in a lightly oiled roasting tin or shallow ovenproof dish.
3. Peel garlic, slice thinly and divide between the pepper halves.
4. To each pepper half add an anchovy that you snipped into rough pieces.
5. Quarter tomatoes, removing the woody centre, and place 2 pieces in each pepper half.
6. Spoon 1 dsp oil into each pepper half and season with freshly milled black pepper.
7. Place on a high shelf in the oven for 50 mins to 1 hour – they should be wrinkled and semi-collapsed and filled with lots of lovely sweet garlicky pepper juices.
8. Garnish with a few scattered basil leaves.