If you have a garden, then you know that peppers are the last veggies to finish up the season. These wonderful producers will keep on giving until the first frost. In fact, you may end up with a pepper overload.
My family loves peppers and I usually plant between 8 to 10 varieties, ranging from Italian, bell, pimento and jalapenos (hot and sweet). I planted a couple of chocolate peppers varieties this year and they were a big hit.
There are several ways you can prepare and preserve peppers, but my favorite way to cook peppers is to grill them with a special homemade seasoning.
Super Homemade Grilling Seasoning
This is a simple seasoning I created over the years and it never fails to bring out the great flavors of the garden veggies. I also use it on poultry and have made a vinaigrette dressing using these along with several spices.
- 1/4 cup onion powder
- 1/4 cup garlic powder (not garlic salt)
- 1/4 cup paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
Place ingredients in a bowl and stir with a fork until the spices are completely blended. Store in a jar until needed.
Secret to Great Taste
I don’t place the peppers directly on the grill grate. I’ve used a vegetable grill tray, but prefer the taste of peppers sauteed in olive oil. So, I use aluminum foil to create a grilling tray. I have tried aluminum pans, but have found creating my own trays out of aluminum foil works better.
- Tear off aluminum foil length needed to support the amount of peppers to be grilled.
- Tear off a second sheet and place over the first sheet.
- Fold the corners together, creating an aluminum pan.
- Sprinkling olive oil over the aluminum to prevent peppers from sticking and burning.
I prefer to cook my peppers whole, since they have a better taste. However, some people prefer to slice the peppers.
If You Prefer Sliced Peppers
Peppers have a voluminous amount of seeds, so you want to be sure to remove these from the peppers. I’ve found the best way to do this is to cut off the stem part of the pepper and carefully pull it from the hull. This usually results in the seed pod separating from the pepper hull.
You can then slice the pepper and scrape off any remaining seeds.
- Place whole or slice peppers in the aluminum pan you created by folding the corners together.
- Drizzle olive oil over the peppers.
- Using a spice shaker, cover the peppers with the homemade seasoning. Coat peppers good with the seasoning.
Place your homemade aluminum tray filled with peppers on the grill grate with the flame set on high (you can turn flame down once the peppers begin to cook).
- Cook peppers for 15-20 minutes.
- Using a turner, carefully place underneath the aluminum and slip to the edge of the grill, into a large bowl.
- Turn the aluminum tray upside down and dump the peppers into the bowl.
Other Uses for Homemade Seasoning
You can use this homemade seasoning to grill other veggies and even poultry. I love adding broccoli, onions, mushrooms, eggplant and cloves of garlic to peppers for a melody of grilled veggies. I also use this homemade seasoning with baked chicken breasts or a whole broiler. Your family will enjoy the great flavor this seasoning brings to daily dishes.