Red Bell Peppers or Pimientos?
Cooking tips for the caring cook.
Pimentos Can Replace Red Bell Peppers
- If you love the look of red bell peppers in a dish but find that they're either unavailable to too pricey, substitute roasted red peppers or pimientos, both of which are commonly available in jars. The flavor will be slightly different, but the visual effect the same.
- Julienne either peppers or pimentos and saute with onions and other vegetables to serve as a side dish, or you may puree them with a little olive oil and serve them as a sauce, or a roasted pepper soup.
More on pimentos... Pimientos are excellent pickled and delicious stuffed appetizers. For delightful crunch and beautiful color, add chopped fresh pimientos to salads such as pasta, potato, chicken, tuna or egg salad.
Make homemade pimento or red pepper cheese: Sharp cheddar cheese finely grated, mayonnaise, salt, pepper and chopped up pimentos or peppers. You can also add things like jalapenos if you like it hot.
Dried herbs should be stored in a cool, dry place. However, red spices such as chili powder, paprika and red pepper will maintain flavor and color longer if stored in the refrigerator.
Did you know?
Pimiento can be grown and used just like bell pepper, slivered and added raw to salads, or stuffed and baked as a side dish or entree. Fold canned pimiento into softened cream cheese for a quick bread spread. Add finely diced celery or pinenuts for crunch, if desired.
The tiny red pimento in the middle of olives is there to enhance the flavor.