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Roasted Red Pepper
Instructions on how to roast peppers, and ideas on how to prepare them for your baby. This method can be used for orange, green and yellow peppers too.
red bell peppers or orange/green/yellow peppers
- Hold a red bell pepper, using tongs, directly in the flame of a gas burner and keep turning it until its blackened on all sides.
- Place a whole red pepper in your grill (broiler) and, as above, turn until the skin is blackened.
- Throw a red pepper on to the barbecue and turn until charred.
The next step is to remove the skin:
This is very easy to do - just pop the cooked pepper into a sandwich bag and leave it to sit for 10 minutes. When you come back, the skin will slip right off. You can then split the pepper and easily remove the seeds, then put it into a blender and puree it.
You can use your red pepper puree in a variety of ways:
- Serve it as a nutritious and tasty dip for finger foods.
- Combine it with cream cheese and spread it on wholemeal bread as a tasty sandwich filling.
- Combine it in a food processor with cooked courgette (zucchini) and sauted onions to make a soup that tastes great either warm or cold.
For older babies who are chewing well, slice a sweet red pepper and serve it as a finger food, accompanied by a cream cheese dip.
Cook a stuffed bell pepper:
Plunge a de-seeded whole pepper into boiling water for a few minutes, then transfer to a container of iced water to stop the cooking process. Drain. Then stuff the pepper and bake it for around half an hour at 350 deg F. You can use anything your baby enjoys to stuff the pepper, but ideas include cooked brown rice, a little sauted garlic and onion, chopped tomatoes and mushrooms and a little touch of oregano.
Stir chopped peppers into soups, casseroles or stews for your baby.