I don't eat bell peppers. Ever. However, I started making these peppers years ago to fill out the antipasti offerings. Pretty color, pretty tasty (even for me, a pepper-hater) and pretty easy. Serve with the best loaf of crusty Italian bread you can find. - MrsWheelbarrow —MrsWheelbarrow
Test Kitchen Notes
Silken textured, deeply flavored and easy to put together, this pretty dish makes a lovely addition to a larger antipasto platter or a satisfying partner for a glass of wine and some crusty bread. Two things to be careful about when making this dish: (1) Don’t over-roast the red peppers; you want them to be cooked, yet still firm as the marinating process will continue to soften the texture, and (2) avoid over-salting; the anchovies will add a fair amount of salt to this dish; I recommend allowing the components to marinate, tasting and adjusting the seasoning right before serving. I found this to be especially delicious with slices of fresh Buffalo mozzarella. - Rhonda35 —The Editors
red bell peppers
garlic cloves. minced
jar excellent Italian anchovies
Chopped Italian Parlsley
Fresh basil, cut in a chiffonade
Salt and pepper
Excellent olive oil
Excellent balsamic vinegar
In This Recipe
Roast the peppers: Either broil, grill or hold over the gas flame until the entire skin is blackened and blistered. Place the blackened pepper in a brown paper bag and close up to steam them.
Wait about 15 minutes to cool the peppers, then tear open the bag and peel the peppers, removing seeds and ribs. I use the bag to catch all the detritus and contain the mess.
Cut the peppers into strips about 1" wide.
In a beautiful serving dish, layer peppers, garlic. anchovies, herbs, salt and pepper, pouring some olive oil and balsamic over the top.
Allow to marinate for an hour or more. Serve at room temperature.