A vegetarian dish to kick ass. Balanced in flavors, light, tasty and healthy. The prefect dish!
La peperonata is a Mediterranean dish that is usually served as a side dish. This version is an Italian adaptation and my favorite even as a main dish. This recipe is so awesome and makes great use of our fresh summer produce. I came across it one day when I was looking for something easy, quick and delicious to make for lunch. I adapted it to make it a bit simpler and tweaked the spices a bit to add a bit more flavor. I hope you like it.
Enjoy this dish as a side or as a main. Works for anything.
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— Makes 2 portions —
Ingredients for La Peperonata
- 2 red bell pepper, cut into slices ½ cm (1/5 inch) thick
- 1 zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced 1 cm (1/3 inch) thick
- 1 small potato, peeled and sliced ½ cm (1/5 inch) thick
- 1 medium onion or 1/2 a medium onion, sliced
- 2 clove garlic, thinly sliced
- Pinch of red chili flakes
- 1 medium tomato
- Extra virgin olive oil
- A pinch of dried basil and thyme
- Salt (to taste)
Instructions for La Peperonata
Step 1: Cook the potatoes
Start by putting a small pot of lightly salted water to boil. Peel and cut the potato, onion and garlic. When the water is boiling, add the potato slices and cook for 10 min.
Step 2: Cook the vegetables
Put a pan on medium high heat and when hot, add 2 tbsp olive oil and sauté the onion with the chili flakes till soft (~3 min). While the onion cooks, cut up the bell pepper, zucchini and tomato. When the onion is soft add the garlic, basil and thyme and cook for 30 sec. Add the sliced peppers, zucchini and tomato to the pot, season with some salt and cook till the vegetables are soft and ready. Should take about 7 to 10 minutes.
Step 3: Combine
Your potato slices should be cooked by now. Strain them and mash them up and set aside. When the vegetables are ready add the mashed potato to the pot and mix to combine.
Step 4: Serve
That’s it – ready to eat! Serve as a main dish or as a side for a meat dish. Complements a green salad very well.
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