Jan's Baked Peppers

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Author Notes: Last Thursday, my friend Jan was the victim of a hit and run, struck down as she walked through a parking lot. With multiple fractures in both legs, she became confined to a wheelchair, abruptly robbed of her independence. By the weekend, however, she was musing aloud about a salmon recipe to make during her recovery, and coaching me on a recipe for red peppers with tapenade. They grew them tough in North Dakota...We enjoyed this "contorno", or side dish, with parmesan chicken. The dish uses simple ingredients and is easily assembled. The credit goes to my treasured and much-loved friend.Lizthechef

Serves 4

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided use
  • 1 cup pitted California black olives
  • 3 anchovies
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaved parsley, roughly chopped
  • 2 large red bell peppers
  • 3/4 cup dry red wine
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Heat 2 T. olive oil over medium heat, using medium-sized skillet. Add the olives and saute for five minutes.
  3. Using a food processor, puree the olives and oil. Now add the anchovies, garlic, capers, parsley and remaining 2 T. olive oil.Puree until smooth.
  4. Slice the peppers in half, length-wise, removing stems, seeds and white pith. Place in square baking dish, cut sides up.
  5. Distribute sauce evenly over the peppers. Pour a little wine over each pepper and add the rest to the baking dish.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes. Serve warm.

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almost 5 years ago lapadia

Love the tapenade, Liz...thanks for sharing this recipe. Hope your friend Jan is much better since you last wrote out here!


almost 5 years ago Lizthechef

NOTE: My husband and I had leftovers, slathered with goat cheese, briefly microwaved and served with fresh sour dough baguette from our favorite supplier. This was a good and substantial lunch, we thought.


about 5 years ago lastnightsdinner

Oh YUM. I love red peppers and I love tapenade, but never thought to combine the two in this way! Thanks to you for sharing this, thanks to Jan for creating it, and here's hoping she recovers fully and as quickly as possible. She's got a great friend in you.


about 5 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks so much, behind in my online comments. I'm in my pj's at home, meanwhile Jan is hosting her martial arts class for drinks and snacks! I'd put my money on Jan and her delicious recipe...


about 5 years ago MyCommunalTable

Way to go, Jan! and Liz. Sounds great!


about 5 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

What a beautiful thing from the heart to do with and for her. She must be a very special woman and is very lucky to have such a special friend in you. I wish her a very speedy recovery to health again! The recipe looks delicious!


about 5 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks so much - it's such an easy recipe and tastes good at room temperature as well.


about 5 years ago Maefly

This looks really good - and I hope my energy healing is helping Jan!


about 5 years ago Sagegreen

Speedy recovery to Jan. She did a great job coaching on this recipe. Looks wonderful.


about 5 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks - Jan will be checking out the site this evening, I hope -


about 5 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Speedy recovery to Jan. You're a great friend, Liz.


about 5 years ago Sunchowder

What a beautiful tribute to Jan! This receipe looks delish, so glad you posted it Liz and I am sending healing thoughts to Jan for a quick recovery. ;)


about 5 years ago Lizthechef

She's a tough cookie - moving home tomorrow. Thanks for your good wishes to pass along!


about 5 years ago dymnyno

Yeah Jan!!! We are rooting for you. Your recipe sounds delicious! And, You have great taste in friends!


about 5 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks, Mare, the clouds are starting to lift and I'm cooking again.


about 5 years ago nannydeb

Oh, no! What a tragic story! I wish her a speedy recovery!


about 5 years ago Lizthechef

Jan is doing very well and will get a big kick out of this. Plan to surprise her ;) Maybe now she will join in on the fun here...