- KNOW YOUR VEG
coloured and sweet flavoured, peppers (also known
as bell peppers) are a versatile vegetable that are
eaten both raw and cooked and are used in many different
cuisines including Chinese, Thai, Mexican, Spanish,
Italian and French. A choice of different colours
are available all peppers are originally green, and
as they ripen and sweeten they turn red, orange or
yellow. Peppers are sometimes skinned before using
this can help to enhance their sweet flavour. When
buying look for firm textured, bright and shiny peppers,
and bear in mind that orange, red and yellow varieties
have a sweeter flavour than green peppers. Avoid bruised,
wrinkled or blemished peppers as they will be past
How To Use Peppers
add a delicious crunch and a splash of colour to
a variety of dishes. Raw peppers are a popular ingredient
in salads and dips. They can also be added to quiches,
pizzas, pasta sauces, stir-fries, paella, pies,
casseroles and vegetable dishes such as ratatouille.
Peppers can also be stuffed with a savoury filling
such as a minced meat mixture or vegetarian risotto,
baked and served hot or filled with pâté
or a soft cheese mixture and served cold.
How To Prepare Peppers
chop peppers, cut in half and remove the seeds and
bitter white pith, wash and dry then cut into slices
or chunks. To prepare peppers for stuffing, slice
off the top with the stalk and using a small, sharp
knife cut out all the white pith and scrape out
all the seeds, rinse thoroughly with cold water
and stuff as required. To skin peppers, slice them
in half lengthways and remove the seeds and pith.
Preheat a grill to high and place the pepper halves
under the grill until the skin starts to blacken,
place in a plastic bag for 5-10 minutes and the
skin should peel off easily.
How To Cook Peppers
can be fried or steamed. To fry, heat 1 tbsp olive
oil in a frying pan and add prepared pepper chunks
or slices, fry for 5-8 minutes until the pepper
is just starting to soften. To steam whole peppers,
place in a steamer for 12-15 minutes or until tender,
use sliced in salads, sauces or casseroles.
How To Store Peppers
in the fridge for up to 5 days.
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