Happy Friday! The first week of school has come to a successful close. I enjoyed having some time to myself and got a few things done that I just didn’t have time for over the summer.
Now that I have a little more time, I am going to try to hit two French Fridays with Dorie recipes each week for a while. I missed a few over the summer, and I really don’t have many of the older recipes to catch up on, so I want to start cranking them out!
This week I made two easy and delicious summery side dishes: Roasted Peppers and Tomatoes Provençal.
We love roasted peppers. My husband buys jars of them all time time for snacking on. I don’t know why I don’t make them more often, because homemade tastes so much better and they really aren’t a lot of work.
Dorie’s version is pretty classic. Roasted peppers drizzled with olive oil and scattered with garlic and fresh herbs. The big difference is the cooking method. I have always charred my bell peppers under the broiler, but Dorie has us roast them in a 425°F oven.
These peppers were tasty! I used basil from the garden, but you can also use parsley, rosemary, and/or thyme. I served mine as a side dish to Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken (except I had to roast the chicken due to an unexpected thunder storm). A delicious dinner!
The FFWD group made Tomatoes Provençal last month. I chose to wait so I could use garden tomatoes. It was worth the wait!
This is a very simple, but impressive, side dish. Tomatoes are halved and placed in a baking dish. Season with salt and pepper, top with diced garlic and herbs (again, I used basil from the garden), then drizzle with olive oil. Roast in the oven until tender and delicious!
If you look at the picture above, you can see that I served these tomatoes with leftover Roasted Peppers, as well as a chicken salad made from the leftover chicken. Another winner of a dinner!