Thursday, April 24, 2008

Homemade Roasted Peppers & Yogurt cheese in a Sandwich

The star of this ultra fresh-tasting sandwich is an orange roasted orange pepper. Roasted peppers are easy to make at home & they're juicier as well as sweeter than the jarred variety (the jarred ones always seem to go moldy on me.)

With fresh ones, you control the texture, since you can cook them as much or as little as you like. Plus--obviously--you can roast orange or yellow ones (or even hot peppers) for different flavours. I would find green bitter, but whatever floats your culinary boat...

It's also a great way to save those almost wrinkling peppers from certain doom. I just roasted this orange one (who was in his old age) in the oven at 500 degrees (while I was cooking turkey.)

The skin peels right off (easier when cooled-I tried it when hot, ooouch! ) You don't even need to blacken the pepper (unless you want it really roasted-- I like it just brown it in spots because it leaves the teensiest crispness to the pepper. Once roasted, they save nicely in the fridge for a day or two. You can freeze your roasted peppers, marinade them, or immerse them in a jar of oil.

This sandwich also includes another easy easy easy 'gourmet' gem:

Homemade Yogurt Cheese

Did I mention this was easy?:
  1. Just take yogurt (with no settling agents in it.) I used a natural Balkan style & it turned out lovely (smoother than other yogurts.)
  2. Put the yogurt in cheese cloth and set that in a sieve.
  3. Set the sieve over a bowl & Let the water drip out (refrigerating all the while)
  4. When the water is out and the yogurt is firm it's done (overnight is perfect, but you can check the texture & taste it
Cream cheese consistency is how like it. Yogurt cheese is great for those who like a rich tzatziki (me!) and it is a fantastic tangy but light tasting addition to wraps / dips / mashed potatoes / wraps / sandwiches...Which brings me to the actual sandwich; It's on buttered white toast (gasp!), but that's all I had, and I needed a sandwich fix. Its fillings include:
  • Yogurt cheese (herbs added to this are loverly)
  • Roasted orange pepper
  • A little mayo
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Sorrel (lemony wonder) & iceberg lettuce (or your favourite greens)
  • a sliced left-over chicken thigh
If you're a vegetarian, you could add avocado for a little richness instead of the chicken.

Happy cooking adventures!


Anonymous said...

i will definetely try the yogurt cheese.last night i made home made white bread sandwiches for the family and i am the queen of whole grains even use brown

Maggie said...

yummy yummy

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