Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Italian Style Stuffed Peppers

    This is a recipe passed down from my Italian Nonni, although I always called her Grandma, to my Mother and lastly to me. I was told that it's Italian peasant food because they used day old stale bread and no meat. They always used red bell peppers but I found some local farm grown cubanelle's for 99 cents a pound and decided to keep the peasant theme and used them instead.

For the stuffing I used:
diced up Italian bread (for the 4 peppers pictured here I use 1/2 a loaf)
20 black olives sliced
2 tablespoons of capers chopped
5 anchovies minced
2 large cloves of garlic minced
2 tablespoon of parsley minced
enough extra virgin olive oil to moisten 
salt and pepper to taste
mix well, the best way to do this is with you hand a little messy but the only way to blend all the ingredients well.
    Next seed the peppers and stuff them with the bread mixture.

    Fry in oil over medium heat until they are lightly golden brown, not too long or they will fall apart. This makes a lovely vegetarian meal with a nice side of pasta, rice or a simple salad. Give this recipe a try you will not be sorry!!!
*Be careful when frying them they spit and splatter a lot
**My Grandma added raisins and pignoli (pine nuts) but I leave them out because I don't care for them in this dish, add them if you like

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