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Our Favorite Pepperonatta


David Winsberg, Happy Quail Farms.

This Pepperonatta may also be used as a side dish with barbecued meats, on pasta or simply enjoyed by itself.

Yields approximately 6 cups


5 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 fully ripe Cubanelle peppers, seeds and membranes removed, diced into ¼-inch cubes
1 large white onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 cup basil leaves
Pinch of sugar
Salt and pepper, to taste
Sliced black Calamata olives (optional)
1 tablespoon capers (optional)
1 loaf of Ciabatta bread (we like to use Acme’s Ciabatta), sliced, drizzled with olive oil, and toasted until golden brown


  1. In a large skillet, over a medium-high flame, heat olive oil and sauté peppers, onions and garlic for about 5 minutes or until vegetables are soft, but not browned.

  2. Stir in tomatoes, basil, sugar, olives and capers if using, salt and pepper, shut flame off. Cover and let sit for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Place toasted Ciabatta slices on a platter and top each with a little Pepperonatta. Serve.



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