Peperoni alla Leccese

Last updated on February 26th, 2019 at 11:50 pm


Compared to other Italian regions, the concept of cucina povera is most obvious in Puglia. Its cuisine is as rustic as it can get. Indeed, the region is a big player in agriculture, with farmlands going back hundreds of years. So it’s no wonder local cuisine often use fresh ingredients from the land. A perfect example of these is Peperoni alla leccese, which literally means Peppers in Lecce in English.

 

Peperoni in Puglian Cuisine

Peppers are one of the most common ingredients in Apulian cooking. However, this “hot” vegetable was not originally cultivated in Italy. It came from South America, Mexico in particular. It was brought to Southern Italy, particularly in Puglia, Basilicata, and Calabria, by Spanish and Portuguese explorers. But once it reached Puglia, this spicy vegetable took over the region’s local cuisine in no time at all. This is especially because peppers are so easy to cultivate, not to mention they certainly add some bit of excitement on otherwise bland dishes.

bell peppers

Over the years, however, peppers went from being an additional ingredient in traditional dishes to taking center stage. Examples of Puglian dishes with peppers for main ingredient are

 

Easy Peperoni alla leccese Recipe

In some versions, cooks add red wine vinegar to the list of ingredients. They use it to soak the bread and add even more flavor to the dish.  Compared to other Italian regions, the concept of cucina povera is most obvious in Puglia. Its cuisine is as rustic as it can get. Indeed, the region is a big player in agriculture, with farmlands going back hundreds of years. So it’s no wonder local cuisine often use fresh ingredients from the land. A perfect example of these is Peperoni alla leccese, which literally means Peppers in Lecce in English.

 

Peperoni alla leccese

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Author: NonnaBox

Ingredients

  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 yellow bell peppers
  • 2 green bell peppers
  • 5 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • A branch of parsley
  • 30 grams of Parmigiano
  • 20 grams of breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons of capers
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  • Wash the peppers and remove the seeds. Then, cut the peppers into little cubes.
  • Sauté the pepper in olive oil, stirring often with the wooden spoon in medium heat
  • After a few minutes, lower the heat and add some water. Cook for 15 minutes
  • In a bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, Parmigiano, capers, salt and pepper, minced garlic, and the chopped parsley.
  • Add the mix to the bell pepper and cook in high heat for a few minutes.
    Allow it to cool down before serving.
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Buon appetito!

 

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3 thoughts on “Peperoni alla Leccese

  1. Toni says:

    Question about the recipe. Is it cubes of pepper or strips? The picture looks like strips. Breadcrumbs that I am thinking of is the fine breadcrumbs used for toppings or is it more like stuffing bread crumbs? Thanks in advance!

    • Nonna Box says:

      Ciao! Yes, It’s strips of pepper. As per the breadcrumbs, in Italy we usually make our own breadcrumbs by grating pieces of old stale bread. Here in the US I have found very helpful using the food processor to make breadcrumbs, it’s definitely faster than grating by hand. In general, you want to use fine breadcrumbs.

  2. Fresca says:

    This is another way to cook peppers… and it’s yummy! Pepperoni alla leccese will surely make you full and crave some more. My husband loves the peppers. Thank you nonna box for the recipe… I love all your recipes.

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