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Eating veggie » Recipes » Firecracker Traybake

Firecracker Traybake

Prep time 15 mins, cook time 30 mins

Serves 4

Nut-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free

Firecracker traybake

This easy traybake combines fresh peppers with a delicious double cheese dipping sauce to give a meal that will really impress your guests. Padron peppers are quite mild and Peppadew are fairly sweet, so these two give a good contrast in heat and flavours when dipped in the hot chipotle flavoured cheese melt.


For the cooking oil marinade

  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the traybake

  • 2 sweet potatoes peeled and cut into little star shapes
  • 10 Peppadew peppers with stalks
  • 10 green Padron peppers with stalks
  • 2 small yellow, orange and red peppers
  • 6 spring onions cut into long shards, keeping some of the green parts
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges

For the cheese melt ramekin

  • 100g vegetarian Emmental cheese grated
  • 50g vegetarian mature Cheddar cheese grated
  • chipotle en adobo
  • 1 medium tomato diced
  • ½ lemon zest only
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • ½ tsp spring onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp chopped coriander
  • 1 tbsp chilli oil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

To serve

  • 1 little pot of olives
  • 1 little pot of chillies
  • Sprigs of flat-leaf parsley and torn basil


  1. Preheat the oven to 210°C/fan 180°C/gas mark 6.
  2. Make the oil marinade first by combining all the oil ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Coat the sweet potato stars in some of the oil marinade and put into a 30cm x 40cm deep-sided roasting tin. Roast in the oven for 10 minutes.
  4. To make the cheese melt ramekin: In a large bowl, add all the ingredients except the chilli oil and smoked paprika. Mix together thoroughly and then transfer to a ramekin.
  5. Coat the rest of the vegetables and lemon with the oil marinade. Add vegetables and lemon to the tray and place the cheese ramekin in the centre of the vegetables. Cook for 20 minutes.
  6. Check that everything is well cooked and the cheese is melted. Don’t overcook the peppers or they will lose their texture and not be dippable.
  7. Remove from the oven and drizzle the cheese with the chilli oil and sprinkle with smoked paprika.
  8. To serve: Put the pot of olives in one corner of the tray and the pot of chillies in the corner diagonally opposite. Garnish with flat-leaf parsley and torn basil.

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