Roasting Peppers for Nigerian stews is where are today in My Diaspora kitchen. As we speak, my kitchen smells divine. Who knew roasting peppers could make my kitchen smell so good. Smells almost like some kind of earthy potpourri. Sooo how are we all doing today. I am inviting you to my kitchen I can’t enjoy this delightful aroma alone.
Why did I decide to roast my peppers today. Well I have heard so much about how it lends so much to flavor and saves time.
Lets find out.
Have you tried roasted your peppers, tomatoes and onions for your Nigerian stews? If you haven't please do. You will never go back. I wonder why it took me so long to give it a try.
- 15 Large Red bell peppers
- 8 Medium Plum tomatoes
- 4 Medium Onions
- 5 habenero peppers
Preheat oven to 450°F/ 232°C or gas mark 8
Wash and cut up Red Bell peppers, tomatoes and onions into smaller bits. Leave the habenero peppers whole.
Line them in a 2 baking sheets
Bake in the oven for 40 mins to hour. ( takes this long because this is a large batch)
Half way through baking time, rotate, then switch the tray on top to bottom and vice versa
When bake time is complete, Turn off heat and leave to cool in the oven.
After cooling for about 10 mins Your roasted peppers are ready to be blended.
Blend till smooth. Use immediately or freeze for later. You can now freeze for later.
If you are using immediately for stews like I did in my oxtail stew find recipe blend with more water because it will be a thick paste if you don't.
If you are blending for storage Blend till smooth with little water then freeze. See this very comprehensive post on stew bases
That’s it. Simple right? Now what do I think are the benefits.
- Well it actually has a different but nice taste.
- It blends really smooth and thick looks somewhat like Canned Tomato puree
- it doesnt really save you time but in a way it does because you don’t have to wait for your blended peppers to cook on the stove top stirring and worrying about it burning just pop it in the oven and go about your business 😊.
- It’s advantageous in the winter months where the heat of the oven won’t bother you. In the summer months, I don’t think so.
Overall not a bad idea at all. If you do get a chance to try it, do give us a feedback on your thoughts.
Is it worth it? Will you do it again? comments below👇please.
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