Baking is science and I don't like formulas, but cooking is art and anything goes...and the simpler the better. It's all about less time at the stove and more time at the table. With a forty year passion for food I'm excited to share what I do in the kitchen nearly every day.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Roasted Red Pepper with Basil Ricotta

Perfect as an appetizer, veggie side, or doubled up for a main course, this tasty combo comes together a lot faster than you would think. Preheat your oven to 400, halve and remove the seeds and stems from your red peppers, then rub them with olive oil and salt and place them skin side down in a large roasting dish.

In a small bowl mix together some minced anchovy, one fillet per half pepper, minced garlic, and enough olive oil to form a mustard-like consistency. Spoon the mixture into the red pepper halves, and use a basting brush to spread it around. Roast for about 40 minutes, or until the peppers start to brown on the edges.

While the peppers are cooking, stir together some ricotta, chopped basil, extra virgin olive oil, and coarse salt to taste. Serve the peppers either right out of oven, or at room temperature, with a generous dollop of the ricotta mixture.

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