Make Ahead

Jan's BakedĀ Peppers

September  1, 2010
2 Ratings
  • Serves 4
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

What You'll Need
  • 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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17 Reviews

lapadia September 15, 2010
Love the tapenade, Liz...thanks for sharing this recipe. Hope your friend Jan is much better since you last wrote out here!
Lizthechef September 4, 2010
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.
lastnightsdinner September 2, 2010
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.
Lizthechef September 3, 2010
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...
MyCommunalTable September 2, 2010
Way to go, Jan! and Liz. Sounds great!
TheWimpyVegetarian September 2, 2010
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!
Lizthechef September 2, 2010
Thanks so much - it's such an easy recipe and tastes good at room temperature as well.
Maefly September 1, 2010
This looks really good - and I hope my energy healing is helping Jan!
Sagegreen September 1, 2010
Speedy recovery to Jan. She did a great job coaching on this recipe. Looks wonderful.
Lizthechef September 1, 2010
Thanks - Jan will be checking out the site this evening, I hope -
drbabs September 1, 2010
Speedy recovery to Jan. You're a great friend, Liz.
Sunchowder September 1, 2010
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. ;)
Lizthechef September 1, 2010
She's a tough cookie - moving home tomorrow. Thanks for your good wishes to pass along!
dymnyno September 1, 2010
Yeah Jan!!! We are rooting for you. Your recipe sounds delicious! And, You have great taste in friends!
Lizthechef September 1, 2010
Thanks, Mare, the clouds are starting to lift and I'm cooking again.
nannydeb September 1, 2010
Oh, no! What a tragic story! I wish her a speedy recovery!
Lizthechef September 1, 2010
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...