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Delicious Peperonata Recipe

Peperonata is a delicious, simple recipe made with peppers. It is a popular Italian dish that is made in the summer and is served as a side or over bread drizzled with olive oil.

The Peperonata recipe does vary from region to region, I like to add olives to my peperonata for some extra flavor. The traditional Emilian Peperonata recipe has the addition of balsamic vinegar but is optional.

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Make sure to use a selection of different colored peppers from green, yellow, orange, and red for the best flavors. although this is an Italian dish, Croatians make a very similar dish and something I grew up with and my mother made every summer. Looking for an easy Italian dessert, try this delicious tiramisu recipe.

It is an extremely easy recipe. I usually start by trimming and slicing my peppers and onions. Be sure to discard the white rib from the pepper as this is bitter.

Peperonata Recipe Ingredients

  • 6 bell peppers of different colors cut into strips
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 2 onions sliced into strips
  • 5 basil leaves or oregano
  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olives optional
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Peperonata Recipe Instructions

  1. Slice onions and peppers into thin strips
  2. In a large pot add the 1/4 olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook just until it is golden. Increase the heat and add the onions and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the sliced peppers and let cook until softened, stirring often, around 15-20 minutes.
  4. Add the can of diced tomato and herbs and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour.
  5. Stir in the vinegar. Remove herb sprigs.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. optional: add olives
  8. Serve hot as a side dish or over bread drizzled with olive oil.

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