I think one of my favourite Italian dishes must be appetizers, probably because a lot of them are made with vegetables, and bread is always served on the side, and this one made with peppers is incredible. I remember visiting my friend when she lived in the Italian area of Toronto, and we would look over the fence and see these people barbecuing peppers till they were black and how we would laugh and say “Are they crazy? how can they eat burnt peppers?” now I have to say no they weren’t the crazy ones, we were because we just didn’t get it.
Italian appetizers are usually quite simple but so flavourful that you wonder how all that taste can come from just a few ingredients. I believe the trick is to use fresh ingredients a good olive oil and let everything mingle. So heat up the pan grill or the barbecue and start cooking.
Grilled pepper appetizer
- 3 medium peppers nicely formed
- 2-3 cloves of garlic chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley 15 grams
- 1/4 cup olive oil 40 grams
- 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 grams
Heat your pan grill (or barbecue), keep the heat fairly high, place the peppers on top and continue to cook, turning until burnt all over. Remove from heat and place in a paper bag for 10-15 minutes, then remove and proceed to clean the peppers, rip in half, remove seeds and skin and again rip into strips, (don't rinse peppers under water, hands yes, peppers no), place all pepper strips into a medium bowl add garlic, italian parsley, olive ol and salt, toss gently until combined. Let sit 30-60 minutes for flavours to mingle. Serve with fresh Italian bread or bruschetta. Buon appetito!