Store bought roasted red bell peppers are not cheap. For that matter, fresh red bell peppers are a bit pricey. However to roast red bell peppers at home is much cheaper that than to purchase a jar of roasted red peppers at the grocery store. All you need to roast your own red peppers at home is a toaster oven, a Ziploc bag and a sink. It is that simple.
There are many ways to roast peppers at home. You can use the broiler in the oven, an outdoor grill and even hold them over a gas flame burner; however I find that the toaster oven is the most convenient and simplest way to roast red bell peppers.
Turn on the toaster oven to broil and preheat. Once the toaster oven is at temperature, place the red bell peppers on the rack and broil for 10 minutes. I find that you can fit about five bell peppers onto the rack in the toaster oven.
After the first 10 minutes, rotate the peppers a quarter turn and broil for another 10 minutes. Repeat this activity an additional two times for a total of 40 minutes that all four sides of the red bell pepper have been roasted.
Once the peppers have finished roasting, place them in a Ziploc bag, seal and let them rest for at least ten minutes. The steam produced in the sealed bag will assist in separating the skin from the flesh of the pepper.
Remove the roasted red peppers from the bag and either cut or pull of the stem tops from the peppers and under running water the skin will wash easily away from the flesh. With your finger split the pepper and remove the seeds.
The result is perfectly roasted red bell peppers that can be used for any number of dishes; pasta, pizza, a sandwich or an omelet to name a few. Red bell peppers do take longer to roast but that is because the flesh of the pepper is thicker than most other peppers. Fresh red bell peppers are nice, but roasted red bell peppers are in a class of their own with the roasting process bringing out an additional level of sweetness. Better yet, roasted red peppers from a jar tend to be pieces and parts of the whole pepper whereas at home a hand split roasted red pepper is quite large simplifying the preparation of the meal you are preparing.