Friday, June 10, 2011

Roasting A Red Bell Pepper

On our Krogering adventure today we found marked down peppers. When I find these deals I grab up what I can. I love the orange and red bell peppers. They are a treat for Ty and I, mostly because they are expensive and refuse to grow in my garden!

In my house we have all electric so that means no open flame to roast my pepper on. Now, I could go outside and crank up the gas grill but this involves going outside when it's 100. I'll pass. So this is how I roast my bell peppers on my electric stove can be done!

Start by cutting off the top and slice off a bit of the bottom of the pepper. Take out seeds and white stuff inside! Roll out and lay flat.

Heat up your pan and place the skin side down on the hot pan. Now let the heat do it's magic. Your house will start to smell awesome and you will hear the skin start to pop. It will blister and become black. This is exactly what you want!

When you have blacken skin on the pepper, throw it in a plastic zip lock bag or container. Leave it in there for about 15 minutes and let the heat do its magic. Then take out the pepper and remove the skin.

You can now chopped this up and add it to a sandwich, hummus, or salad. This is a cheap way to roast a pepper!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Extreme couponer....NAH

So Justin and I watch the Extreme coupon show and I must say it is a stressful show to watch. I do coupon, just not that extreme. Here is the batch of BBQ sauces of got about 3 weeks ago ALL FOR FREE. Now that I have all this...I need recipes to use it with and the rest I will donate. I also got all the Crystal Lights for .25 cents each. I was very happy that day!

So I ended up taking a package of boneless/skinless chicken thighs I had gotten for .99 cents a pound. I thawed them out and and browned all sides in a pot on the stove. I then placed all of the thighs in my crock pot and poured half a bottle of BBQ sauce all over the thighs. Put the crock pot on low for 7 hours. After your 7 hours is up pull the chicken apart. You can serve this over a potato, on a bun, in a wrap, or alone. Here is what I got...

It was really good served along side my very own squash from the garden!!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Basil and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

I just made this dip last weekend for my parents Memorial Day party. I thought it was excellent. I got to use my massive food processor and basil from my garden!

Basil and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

You will need:
15 oz can of garbanzo beans drained
1 roasted red bell pepper (I did this myself for the first time. I explain below!)
3 tablespoons fresh basil
3 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine all of the above into a food processor. Pulse away until you get it at the consistency you like it. I served this with crackers and veg sticks.

Now - how to roasted a red pepper. Cut off bottom and top. Slice down the side and roll open. Remove seeds and interior lining(the white stuff!). Lay skin down on grill top open flame. Once skin is charred, removed and put in a plastic bag and let the steam help the skin to soften so you can remove the skin.

Happy Sunday!