Saturday, October 17, 2015

Baked Peppers with Cream #Recipe @pegcochran

This recipe comes from Williams Sonoma Simple Classics Cookbook which I bought at a used book sale at the library.  I can't imagine anyone selling this lovely book unless they'd given up cooking!  The recipes are classic as the title says and relatively easy but spectacular enough for guests.

I've taken a few liberties with the recipe.  Peppers were $1 each at my grocery store which was a very good price--they're usually way more than that.  I bought two without having any specific use in mind.  I used a yellow pepper and an orange one.  There are only two of us so I scaled down the recipe for us, but I'll give you the original quantities as they are in the cookbook.

1.5 lbs. red peppers (I don't see any reason why you can't use other colors--just not green peppers which aren't sweet enough.)
2 TBL minced shallots (I used minced onion--didn't have any shallots)
6-8 basil leaves sliced thinly 
3/4 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 500 degrees

I used two peppers for the two of us

Cut peppers in half and remove seeds and stem

Place peppers cut side down on a baking sheet and place in oven.  

Roast until skins blister and blacken.

Cover with foil and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes then remove skin

I used two small dishes.  If you are making the full recipe you will want to use a larger baking dish.  Place half the minced shallots (or onions in my case) and basil on the bottom of your buttered dish.

Place peppers in prepared baking dish and sprinkle remainder of shallots and basil on top and drizzle with cream.  Bake at 375 degrees until the cream thickens and the peppers soften--30 to 35 minutes.

Enjoy! The peppers are delicious with roast chicken or a grilled steak.
~ Bon Appetit! ~
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  1. those are lovely Peg--so elegant and not much trouble. Perfect for company!

    1. Roberta, they're super easy and you can put the dish together in advance and bake it while serving cocktails.

  2. How pretty and simple.
    I bet the roasting makes the peppers even more sweet.

  3. What a lovely indulgence! I'm a big fan of peppers but I can't recall eating them in cream.

  4. I cannot wait to try this, Peg! It's simple but brilliant and I love love love peppers!

    Thank you! XO

  5. This sounds unusual and well worth trying, Peg! I've added cream or sour cream to soup, so why not to peppers?