Puglia Party Day 3 – Fried peppers

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The smell of peppers cooking in the kitchen instantly transports me to my Zia’s house in Cocumola. The aroma that fills the room leaves a sweet scent in the air. Inhaling it puts a giant smile on my face.

Pointed peppers are like currency in Southern Italy. On our last road trip to Salento, Murray and I brought back a car boot full of peppers from my Zio’s plot of land. However, after my stash ran out I had to begrudgingly fork out 90p for one pointed pepper at the supermarket. I’d say it’s still a lunch worth paying for if you ask me. You can use bell peppers, which I do when I’m feeling in need of a hit without such an expense.

About as simple as it can get, a bit of olive oil in a pan, throw in a handful of peppers and that is it – heaven on a plate. I can’t help but let out a big “mmmmmm” when eating them. Serve with bread, of course. You can also have them as an antipasto.

Mangia-Bene-Blog-Fried-PeppersIngredients

6    Pointed Peppers

Olive oil

Salt

Method

  1. Wash the peppers and cut the tips of their heads off. Take seeds out.
  2. Heat a generous amount of olive oil in a frying pan.
  3. Place the peppers in the pan and fry on a medium head until completely softened.
  4. Place on some kitchen towel to drain excess oil.
  5. Sprinkle with salt. Serve warm or cold.

 

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Frying peppers in Cocumola 2012

 

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3 responses to “Puglia Party Day 3 – Fried peppers

  1. I love simple recipes, I generally make grilled vegetables using zucchini, Aubergines and peppers with some olive oil, vinaigrette and chilli, Love them 🙂

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