Pepper Recipes That Anyone Can Follow

You don’t need to be an expert with peppers to get the best out of them. Delicious on their own, as an accompaniment or as the main ingredient in dishes, this guide will have you preparing them like a pro!

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Great Dishes That Showcase the Use of a Bell Pepper

Bacon and Bell Pepper Linguine: This recipe can be made with any bell pepper you happen to have. It’s ideal for using up peppers, and you can make a veggie version by doubling up on the number of peppers and using mushrooms or tofu instead of bacon. What’s more, it only takes 25 minutes.

Sweetcorn and Bell Pepper Tacos: Another superb vegetarian option, this bell pepper recipe is an easy one, so try it out if you’re new to cooking or simply want a straightforward meal after a hectic day.

Veggie Moroccan Harira: Choose this pepper recipe if you want to try roasting peppers. It is an easy one to follow but takes about 40 minutes, so set aside a little longer because the results will be worth it!
Sometimes, you want to use up capsicum - as peppers are also called - according to their colour or variety. Whether you have a red bell pepper, a dark green bell pepper, a sweet red pepper or any other kind, there will be a recipe to suit.
  • Green Pepper Recipes: Green peppers, with their combination of sweet and bitter aftertastes, are well-balanced and suited to many different recipes. This is why they are often used in curries, for example, since they can bring together disparate tastes. Of course, a green pepper is also an obvious choice for a pizza topping, especially a vegetarian one, where its form will hold even in a hot pizza oven, making it a great veggie meat substitute. Their fresh flavour also makes green bell peppers suited to a number of salads.
  • Red Pepper Recipes: Red peppers are preferred in many dishes because they are fully ripe and at their sweetest. If you leave a sweet red pepper without cooking it, it will eventually go off. Red peppers are good for blitzing and adding to soup or for providing more bulk in a sauce. Use them with tomatoes for a vegetarian Bolognese, for example. If you roast red peppers, then they are especially sweet and delicious, particularly when they’ve been drizzled in olive oil.
  • Yellow Pepper Recipes: A mildly sweet pepper, yellow capsicums are ideal for salads where there is already a strong flavour you want to balance. For example, a sweeter yellow pepper would be ideal if you are making a leaf salad with rocket or lamb’s lettuce. That said, they’re just as good in Indian cuisine or vegetarian chillis for adding bulk and texture.
  • Orange Pepper Recipes: An orange pepper is a green pepper that hasn’t matured sufficiently to turn yellow or red yet. This means that they can still be used in much the same way as a green pepper. Any recipe you see that calls for a green pepper will be suited to an orange pepper. However, its additional ripeness will mean it has a slightly sweeter flavour, albeit one that isn’t as sweet as a sweet red pepper.

FAQs about Bell Peppers

Are peppers fruits?

Fruits have at least one seed and grow from the flower of a plant. As bell peppers meet this definition, they are considered by botanists to be a fruit. To many diners, cooks and even professional chefs, however, they can be considered a vegetable even though this isn’t their official classification.

What can I do with lots of peppers?

Try out one of the delicious bell pepper recipes to use up one or more of your spare peppers. Most dishes can be frozen after cooling, so you could double up on the ingredients to make more, thereby using up more peppers.

Can I freeze peppers?

You can freeze peppers, yes. What’s more, you don’t have to blanche them first. Simply cut off the stalk and remove the fleshy interior of each bell pepper. Then, cut into chunks and place the pepper pieces into a freezer bag. Squeeze the air out of the bag, seal it and place the fresh pepper pieces into the freezer.

What do you eat red peppers with?

A red pepper will go with many recipes. Their bright colour means they’re a great addition to tomato-based sauces. Chopped finely, they go well in chillis, or you can add a sweet red pepper to a salad for some vibrancy and crunch.

Is it OK to eat raw red peppers?

Yes, it is. Raw red peppers, like all bell peppers, are fine to consume without cooking.

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