Food Recipe

Peperoni Imbottite (Roasted peppers stuffed with eggplant, olives and capers)

Ingredients —

6 red peppers
1 pound 2 ounces eggplants, cut into ½-in cubes
olive oil for cooking
6 slices of good-quality stale bread such as ciabatta or pane casereccio, cut into ½-in cubes
3 ounces olives, pitted and halved
2½ ounces salted capers, rinsed and squeezed dry
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 salted anchovy filets, chopped
Handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, picked and chopped

Preheat the oven to 300°F. Char the peppers over an open flame or on a hot grill until the skins are blistered and blackened in places. Carefully peel off the skin and discard. (Use rubber gloves if the peppers are too hot to handle; you can also put them in a plastic bag for a few minutes after charring, to help make the skins easier to remove.) Carefully remove and discard the stem, central membrane and seeds, taking care to keep the peppers whole.

Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the eggplant and sauté for a few minutes until it starts to brown. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels. Using the same pan, gently fry the bread cubes until golden, adding a little extra oil if necessary.

Remove the bread to a bowl and carefully mix in the eggplant, olives, capers, garlic, anchovies and parsley to make a stuffing. Season with salt and black pepper. Using a spoon, fill the peppers with the stuffing until they are nice and plump and the stuffing is slightly mounded at the top. Arrange on a baking pan or dish, drizzle with extra olive oil and roast in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. Serve hot or cold.

Pairing recommendation: Marisa Cuomo Costa d’Amalfi Ravello

*2007 vintage of Ravello rated by W&S critic Wolfgang Weber, 93 points, Best Buy

This recipe first appeared in W&S December 2008.