Do you follow Alexandra Cooks? In a post blogger world, she is one of the few that has survived the virtual guillotine of the 'Unfollow' button as she consistently posts recipes that make my mouth water while being sneakily healthy. Impressive enough that I'd feel good about making her stuff for a dinner party, but easy enough that she can post the process of most of them in her instagram stories and it doesn't suddenly get dark out by the time I get to the last story slide.
If you're a friend of mine, you've definitely received a DM of one of her recipes with an urgent plea from me 'WE HAVE TO MAKE THIS' 'YUM' '*DROOL EMOJI DROOL EMOJI DROOL EMOJI*'
All this to say, her Balsamic Roasted Peppers hit it out of the park for a Father's Day appetizer.
1. Less than 5 ingredients
2. Easy to throw together
3. Even easier to instagram. (Even on brand with my branding Home Ec color palette! Bless up.)
1.5 lbs. mixed baby peppers
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
(Bread + Cheese optional but HIGHLY recommended)
1. Heat the oven to 450ºF convection. (If you don’t have convection, don’t worry — your peppers may just take a little bit longer.) Place peppers in a 9×13-inch pan or something similar, see notes above (a sheet pan is not recommended). Season with salt, olive oil, and balsamic and toss to coat.
2. Transfer pan to the oven and cook for 15 to 25 minutes. Start checking at the 15 minute mark — every oven is different, and depending on the pan you are using the peppers may need more or less time. Remove the peppers when they look blistered to your liking — they shouldn’t be charred the way peppers look when you want to roast and peel them, but they should have some nice dark spots, and they should look wrinkly and slightly collapsed — they’ll collapse more once you remove them from the oven.
3. Remove peppers from the oven and transfer them and all of their juices to a serving platter. Taste one. Sprinkle with more flaky seas salt (or other) if desired. Serve immediately or at room temperature.
BONUS! This is provides a perfect excuse to buy your favorite bread. And oh wait... also you're favorite cheese. As if we needed a reason. Life is short.