These will make a happy plate mate with numerous things – give them a Greek spin with lamb cutlets cooked on the barbecue and a tomato salad, or serve with a cannellini bean purée and garden salad.
4 large yellow peppers (bell peppers/capsicums)
8 small fresh bay leaves
2 Tbsp pine nuts
2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
2 Tbsp capers, drained and patted dry with paper towels
Greek oregano, or fresh marjoram
Flaky sea salt
2 Tbsp panko crumbs
Extra virgin olive oil
1 Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F).
2 Cut peppers in half, cutting through the stalk (leave the stalks on as they hold the pepper halves together). With a small sharp knife remove seeds and membranes without piercing the pepper flesh. Transfer peppers to a shallow roasting tin lined with baking (parchment) paper.
4 Bake peppers for about 25 minutes, until charred and the flesh is just tender (if the peppers start blackening on the bottom, lower the heat to 170°C (325°F). Serve hottish or at room temperature.
The idea with these peppers is to give them a blast in a hot oven, until they are nicely scorched but you don’t want the bottoms to blacken, so you might need to adjust the cooking times, or lower the heat towards the end of cooking.