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Roast Red Peppers with Olives and Capers

by , featured in Zaitoun: Recipes and Stories from the Palestinian Kitchen
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing
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Wild capers grow throughout the Palestinian territories and in recent years there has been a resurgence, driven by Palestinian chefs, to encourage the use of them. I've taken their lead with this dish, which is inspired by my travels around the north of the West Bank, where I found local food co-operatives selling locally grown sun-dried tomatoes, olives and capers. These elements come together in a quick and flavoursome stuffing for roast red peppers.

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Photo by Matt Russell


Serves: 4 as part of a spread, or as a side dish

  • 4 red peppers
  • 2 cloves of garlic (finely sliced)
  • 4 medium tomatoes (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons capers (rinsed and drained)
  • 30 grams pitted black olives (roughly chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons zaatar (or substitute 1½ tablespoons dried oregano plus ½ teaspoon sumac)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

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  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/Gas 6.
  2. Cut the peppers in half, trim off any white pith and place them in a baking tray.
  3. Mix the garlic, tomatoes, capers, olives, za'atar, vinegar and extra virgin olive oil together. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  4. Stuff each pepper with a few spoonfuls of the filling, then cover the tray with foil.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for another 20-30 minutes, until the peppers are completely soft and a little darkened around the edges.

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