Red peppers are exclusive to red bell peppers. Red peppers start out green and change color as they ripen.
These colors include starting with green, then turning yellow, orange, and finally maturing with a red color.
Bell peppers are also known as “sweet peppers.” And with reason, as red peppers have a very sweet flavor.
They are available year round in grocery stores, with their peak season starting in July and running through November.
Cooking With Red Peppers
You can eat red peppers raw as well as cooked. There are several ways to cook a red pepper.
Roasted or Grilling
One of the best ways to cook a red pepper is roasting it in the oven or grilling it on the barbecue. Roasting or grilling brings out a sweet and charred flavor.
Roasted or grilled bell peppers make a fantastic filling for quesadillas, topping for salads, filling for sandwiches, as a side dish and so much more.
Try these recipes:
- Loaded Vegetable & Meat Quesadillas With A Chipotle Dipping Sauce
- Hot Pastrami Sandwich With Provolone Cheese & Roasted Sweet Peppers
- Roasted Brussels sprouts with Sweet Peppers & Bacon
Red peppers are a high moisture vegetable and can be quickly stir-fried at high heat without the addition of extra liquid.
Stir-frying is done quickly, because of the use of high heat. And as such, the pepper doesn’t loose its sweet crunchy flavor.
Puréed red peppers make a delicious tasting sauce.
You would first though want to roast the peppers and then purée them with other ingredients, such as garlic, Parmesan cheese, or basil among others.
Try these recipes:
Red Pepper Spice
One ingredient widely used in cooking is paprika and some recipes call for smoked paprika.
What most home cooks don’t realize when using this spice, they’re cooking with red peppers.
Typically, Hungary produces the basic version of paprika were as Spain produces the “smoked paprika”version.
Both versions though can be made of peppers from California and South America.
The variety and flavor of paprika can vary greatly depending on how the producer prepares it.
Try these smoked paprika recipes:
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