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Stuffed Peppers

Peperoni Imbottiti

Mary Ann Esposito

Serves 4

We all know what the tomato did for southern Italy, especially Naples but If I had to guess what other southern Italian vegetable is so revered, it would have to be peppers, red, yellow, and green.

The Neapolitans have endless ways to prepare them and they can be a complete meal in their own container depending on the filling. Peperoni imbottiti means stuffed peppers and these are classic with anchovies and capers.

INGREDIENTS

4 Yellow Peppers
4 ounces stale bread, cut into small cubes.
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil plus 2 tablespoons
3 anchovies in salt, rinsed, patted dry and minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 pound Gaeta olives, pitted and chopped
1 teaspoon capers in salt, rinsed and dried
2 tablespoons minced parsley
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1 cup diced tomatoes
Fine sea salt to taste
Grinding black pepper

DIRECTIONS

Lightly oil a baking dish and set aside.

Char the peppers and peel away the skin. Set aside.

Fry the bread cubes in 1/4 cup of the olive oil until lightly browned, and drain them on absorbent paper. Mix the bread in a bowl with the anchovies, garlic,olives, capers, parsley, oregano, tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Moisten the mixture with the remaining olive oil. Stuff each pepper with some of the mixture. Place them in the baking dish and drizzle them with the 1 teaspoon of oil. Bake for 20 minutes or until very hot.

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  1. Suzanne Carfora-Arceri's avatar

    Suzanne Carfora-Arceri

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    I cannot wait to try this recipe. I just came upon it this evening. It looks like the Stuffed Pepper recipe my Grandmother used to make -- that NO ONE in the family ever got the recipe! I'm sure that with your recipe and what we (grandchildren) remember of her recipe) that we can put together a very good duplication. Thank you so much for all you have taught me over the years!

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