Serves 4 (as a starter)
Preparation time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
250g chestnut mushrooms, wiped and stalks trimmed (larger mushrooms can be halved)
1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into (approx) 4cm pieces
3 tblsp olive oil
1 fat clove garlic, crushed
Generous pinch dried bay leaves
½ tsp paprika
½ red chilli pepper, de-seeded and finely chopped (to taste)
A few stems of fresh thyme, leaves only
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C (180C in a fan oven)
Mix the olive oil, garlic, bay leaves, paprika and chilli in a large bowl.
Add the mushrooms and red pepper to the bowl and toss together to coat thoroughly.
Pour everything onto a baking tray and place in the oven for 20-25 minutes, (turning halfway) until the mushrooms and peppers are golden at the edges.
Add the fresh thyme leaves, season with salt and pepper and serve immediately with crusty bread.