Tuesday, July 24, 2012


As I was having my friend Emily over for dinner, who is of Sicilian origin, I decided to make this traditional side dish.  I was a little nervous as I have never made it before - how arrogant to presume to serve a Sicilian a traditional dish without having ever created it before?!  However, Emily assured me that her mother would approve!  I think you will too as it is super-easy and super-tasty!!  It is lovely the next day heated up to compliment your scrambled eggs at breakfast!

1/2 cup EVOO
1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, finely diced
3 bay leaves
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 1/2 tsp Kosher salt and 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
6 bell peppers (2 red, 2 yellow, 2 green) roughly chopped into 2" dice
1 cup dry white wine
1/2 bunch fresh basil, torn
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • Heat the extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) in a Dutch oven or a large skillet.  Saute the onions, garlic, and bay leaves over medium heat until the onion is soft (approx. 6 minutes).  Add the tomato paste, salt and black pepper.  Continue stirring until the tomato paste turns a dark, brick red colour.
  • Add the bell peppers and saute until they are softened (approx. 10 minutes).  Add the wine and 1 cup of water and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to medium low, cover and cook the peppers for a further 20-30 minutes.
  • Uncover, increase the heat to medium and stir until most of the liquid has evaporated 20 to 25 mins.  Remove the bay leaves and add in basil leaves, balsamic vinegar and salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Serve and enjoy!!

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