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Old 08-12-2014, 03:29 PM   #1
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Question ISO Italian Roasted Red Peppers

My fantastic American-Italian husband has been asking for the jarred peppers like his grandmother made.
She would, so I've been told, put up peppers in her basement each year for a ever-ending supply.
When ever a kid dropped by after school, they got a sandwich made of her freshly baked bread, peppers and eggs and this is heaven for my DH.
I tried it twice and they just didn't cut it. They looked right, but wrong taste.
WDIK! I'm from Hawaii and had never heard of such a thing, until he took me 'back home' to Philly.
Oh my gravy all over my two scoops rice (that's OMG! in my world)!
He took me to this Italian 'joint' not far from where he grew up and MAN!
The antipasti plate was ambrosia.
I have searched for years now for the right recipe to put up my own peppers like nonni's (and no, on one in the family knows the secret, they simply ate her's).

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Old 08-12-2014, 04:55 PM   #2
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Do you have some details about the peppers? Were they preserved in vinegar or a vinaigrette? Any other flavors?
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Old 08-12-2014, 05:37 PM   #3
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@GotGarlic all I could say for sure is she used big, fat, meaty roasted red bell peppers, garlic and olive oil. The only way I got this far was eating at the Italian joint in his old neighborhood, him taking a bit of the peppers and DH saying, "this is it!". (I probably should have asked the owner/chef, but I didn't and haven't been back since.)
Not too sure if any vinegar is involved.
I've asked everyone in the family for help.
No one, really, no one got the recipe from her before she passed.
My husband's 4 Aunties did not cook, nor his own two sister's. His Mother and SIL cooked, but never got around to asking "Mom-Mom" for the recipe/technique.
I'm not even sure if that would be the correct name for them?
DH say that the peppers that I buy in the jar at the market have very little flavor... :shrug:
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Old 08-12-2014, 05:53 PM   #4
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ISO Italian Roasted Red Peppers

K-girl, can you doctor up the market peppers, maybe with some Italian seasoning, extra garlic, and hot pepper flakes? Play around with them and have DH keep tasting. Or see if the restaurant has a website, you could contact them.
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Old 08-12-2014, 06:09 PM   #5
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The closest thing I can think of is peperonata: Peperonata con Bruschetta (Sweet Pepper Toasts) Recipe : Mario Batali : Food Network

I don't know how you would preserve it safely, though.
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K-girl, try to call the restaurant and tell them that you and hubby visited and he loved it and live in AZ now and really would like to make something similar and please give me the recipe for the love of G-d and saving your marriage. They are Italians, they will get it. Italians are good peoples.
Try it, I've done it before, sometimes it works.
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Old 08-12-2014, 06:27 PM   #7
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@dawgluver, never thought of that, but I really want to master this myself, you know, putting up peppers

@GotGarlic, that’s good too, but this is the type of peppers that they eat in “peppers and egg sandwiches”

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@CharlieD, I tried to look for this restaurant, but this was almost 25 years ago and they have long closed, but you are so right, Italians are very warm folks
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Oh, you did not mention how long ago it was. I assumed it was recently.
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I thought so too.
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we have been together for 27 years now,
my first visit 'Back East' was memorable
We married much later in life, I wasn't fortunate enough to have met my inlaws and only a very few of my DH's relatives.
What can I say, we're old
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