Roasted capsicum with garlic and capers

Roasted capsicum with garlic and capers

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Margaret Fulton Favourites
Serves
6
Photographer
Tanya Zouev and Armelle Habib

I’ve been preparing capsicum this way since the 1960s when, considering myself a bit of a bohemian, I was seduced by robust dishes with gutsy flavours, just as they were made in France, Italy and Spain. This dish takes me straight back to Italy where I first learnt how to blister capsicum over a flame to char and skin them. What a difference it makes: not only do they end up with a delicious smoky flavour but the slippery smooth texture is divine. A salad with capsicum prepared in the following way is an integral part of any antipasti table in Italy.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
4 red capsicums
3 tablespoons oil
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 ripe tomatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup baby capers or black olives, pitted

Method

  1. Cut the capsicums into quarters, remove seeds and ribs, and char as described opposite. Cut the capsicum pieces into thick strips and place in a shallow bowl.
  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat, add the garlic and cook until it just begins to colour. Add the capsicum strips and tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the capers or olives, stir through and turn the mixture out into a serving dish. This is lovely served with chunks of crusty bread.

Sweet capsicum salad

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
see method for ingredients

Method

  1. Prepare capsicums as described above. In a food processor, process 2 garlic cloves with 2 ripe tomatoes and some salt until finely chopped. Add 1 teaspoon of sherry or balsamic vinegar and mix again. Slowly pour in 4 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil with the motor running until dressing thickens. Pour dressing over the capsicum strips and toss to coat. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley or snipped basil. Leave for several hours for the flavours to develop.
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