Grilled Sweet Bell Peppers Recipe
2 pounds sweet baby (small or mini) bell peppers (green, red, orange, purple, and/or yellow)*
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons good-quality aged balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
* These small, thumb size peppers measure about three inches tall and have a crisp texture. They are sweet and have very few seeds, so they produce very little waste. Mini Sweet peppers are thinner-skinned than larger peppers and their texture withstands grilling and cooking.
If you can not find baby bell peppers, use large peppers with stem end cut off and seeds removed. The skins of the these baby or mini peppers are thinner than the larger variety so they absorb the marinade really nicely. Photo of bell peppers from Specialty Produce.
Cut each pepper into halves. Core, seed, and rinse peppers. In a large resealable plastic bag, place sweet pepper halves.
In a small bowl, combine garlic, salt, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and pepper; mix well and then pour over pepper chunks. Reseal bag and shake to distribute sauce. Let sweet peppers marinate in the sauce for at an hour, turning the bag every so often to distribute the marinade.
Preheat Barbecue grill.
Remove peppers from sauce. Place peppers, smooth-side down, on oil-sprayed hot grill. Cook 6 to 8 minutes (turning occasionally) or until lightly charred on both sides. Watch carefully so the peppers do not overcook.
Remove peppers from grill. Either leave in chunks or slice into 1/2-inch-wide strips. Arrange chunks or strips on a platter, alternating colors. Sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese.
Can be served either hot or cold.
Makes 4 servings.