Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

September 25, 2008 at 2:12 am 6 comments

Chopped roasted red pepper

Insomnia, old friend of mine, has been plaguing me all week.  A few moments ago, I was laying flat on my back in bed, eyes wide in the dark, watching the clock roll over to yet another minute where my brain just wouldn’t turn off.  Then it dawned on me.  I have to remember to put up that post about the Roasted Red Pepper Sauce since everyone’s enjoying the eggplant meatballs so much, and they’re even better with the sauce!  So, insomniac that I am, I figured the best course of action was to endure the jarring sensation of turning the lights back on and get this recipe to you pronto instead of wiling away one sleepless minute/hour at a time in bed. 

Roasted red peppers

Making your own roasted peppers is a breeze and so much tastier than the stuff you get in a jar at the store.  And once you’ve gotten the knack of making your own roasted peppers, it’s even easier to whip them into a sauce that’ll make plain ol’ tomato sauce seem boring and so-last-season!  It’s fantastic over the eggplant meatballs, but I could certainly see this smoky yet brightly flavored sauce doing miracles for run-of-the-mill fish, chicken, beef or vegetable entrees. 

Roasted red pepper sauce on eggplant meatballs

While peppers are in season, you might as well just go ahead and roast a batch every weekend and keep them in the fridge with a little oil to pull out to make this sauce in a jiff as you need it (or to make this spread for your sandwiches).  Or if you’d rather, make the sauce on the weekend too, and it’ll keep a few days so you can use it on weeknights or in quick lunches. 

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

See, you have no excuses for not making a fun fresh new sauce even when you have a million things to juggle and too many to-do lists running through your mind to get any proper shut-eye.  Thankfully, I’ve just checked off one more thing on my list so I think I might go back and try that crazy thing you normal people call “sleep”.  Thanks for humoring my late night banter and enjoy the sauce!

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Adapted from Food Network

2 large red bell peppers, roasted and chopped
1/4 C. extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 t. fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 t. balsamic vinegar
1 T. fresh parsley, finely chopped

In a blender blend together the bell pepper, the oil, the lemon juice, the vinegar, the cayenne, 1 tablespoon water, and salt and black pepper, to taste.

(makes 1 cup)

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Maggie  |  September 26, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! Red peppers are so cheap right now, I’m going to try this and freeze some.

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  • 2. Ulla  |  October 9, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    this looks so wonderful!:)

    Reply
  • 3. Dot Barber  |  January 24, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    My kids are vegetarians and come for dinner almost every Sunday. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe tomorrow.
    Approximately how many eggplants will I need to buy. (6 adults, 2 children under age 6)

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  • 4. Jennie  |  January 24, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Dot – Is this going to be your main dish or are you serving something else that will fill folks up too? If this is the main, I’d say you need about 5 per adult and maybe one or two for each of the kids (depending how brave they are) so that puts you at about a double batch of the original recipe so 8 cups of eggplant…not sure what size you can get but I usually think of very large Italian style eggplants as being about 2 cups worth and mediums being a generous cup. If this sounds like a tremendous amount of eggplant, just use the original recipe and buy two large eggplants and that should work just fine. Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions. 🙂

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