Mandorlata di Peperoni (Roasted Pepper & Almond “Chutney”)
- Difficulty Level Sicily
- • 8 mixed red, yellow and orange bell peppers, left whole • 1/3 cup almonds, roasted and coarsely chopped • 1 teaspoon sugar • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar • 1 teaspoon salt • ½ cup tomato sauce • ¼ cup golden raisins • A few leaves of torn basil
- Preheat a broiler or light a grill. Place the peppers, skin and stems left intact, on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Roast or grill, turning occasionally, until the peppers are shriveled and their skins are completely blackened and charred. Remove the peppers to a paper bag and seal the bag until the peppers cool. Peel and clean the peppers, discarding the skins, seeds, stems, and inner white membranes. Cut the cleaned peppers into ½ inch strips.
- To a saucepan, add the peppers, almonds, sugar, vinegar, salt, tomato sauce and raisins. Turn the heat to medium-low, and allow to simmer, stirring frequently, until the sauce and vinegar have evaporated, about 5-7 minutes. Remove to a glass or ceramic bowl and allow them to cool. Cover and let the peppers sit for at least 8 hours, or overnight in the refrigerator, so that the flavors meld together. Return to room temperature prior to serving. Garnish with torn basil and a drizzle of good olive oil and serve with crusty bread. Buon appetito!
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Benvenuti a Majella Home Cooking! I’m Michelle Capobianco and welcome to my Italian kitchen! Majella - pronounced “mah-yel-lah”- is a mountain in the central Italian region of Abruzzo ...Read more about this chef..
Michelle DiBenedetto-Capobianco is a corporate lawyer-turned-private chef in New York. Restless in her legal career, Michelle began to spend each summer at her family home overlooking the Majella (pronounced “mah-yel-lah”) mountain in the central Italian region of Abruzzo where she studied real Italian cooking with talented home cooks and culinary professionals. Michelle now organizes creative small group tours of Abruzzo for visitors from around the globe.
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