Bruschetta with Peperonata

Mario Batali tops crisp, garlic-rubbed bread with tender, sweet peppers enlivened with chiles and anchovy paste.

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  • Servings: 6 to 8
KEY: Barbecue/Cookout, Christmas, Holiday Open House, Italian, Appetizers/starters, Fast, Healthy, Make Ahead, Dinner

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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1/2 Spanish onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 small red bell peppers, cut into thin strips
  • 2 small yellow bell peppers, cut into thin strips
  • 2 serrano chiles, seeded and cut into thin strips
  • 2 teaspoons anchovy paste
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped oregano
  • Six 3/4-inch-thick slices from a round rustic loaf
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large skillet, heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil until shimmering. Add the onion, bell peppers, serranos, anchovy paste and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften and brown on the edges, about 4 minutes. Add the vinegar and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the peppers are tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the oregano and season the peperonata with salt and pepper; keep warm.

  2. Preheat a grill pan. Brush the bread slices on both sides with olive oil. Grill over moderately high heat, turning once, until nicely toasted, about 2 minutes. Transfer the grilled bread to a plate and rub with the garlic clove. Spoon the peperonata 
on top and serve warm.

Make Ahead

The peperonata can be refrigerated overnight. Reheat gently before serving.

Contributed By Photo © Con Poulos Published April 2015

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