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Serves : 4- 8

When Stefano Tagliente, the executive chef at the wonderful Il Melograno hotel in Monopoli, made these for author Nancy Harmon Jenkins, he laid each piece of roasted pepper on a small sheet of plastic wrap, spread the bread crumb mixture on the pepper and then used the plastic wrap to roll it up into a firm, tight package, twisting the ends to secure them. He steamed the packages briefly, then unwrapped the rolled stuffed peppers and finished cooking them on a baking sheet in the oven. His method makes a neater presentation and avoids the use of toothpicks.  Cocktail Party Recipes

How to Make It

Step 1    

Soak the raisins in a small bowl of hot water until softened, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, roast the peppers directly over a gas flame or under a broiler, turning frequently, until the skins are charred all over and the peppers just begin to collapse. Transfer them to a bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap and let steam for 20 minutes. Peel, core and seed the peppers. Cut them lengthwise into quarters, removing any membranes as you go.

Step 2    

Preheat the oven to 425°. In a small bowl, combine the capers, pine nuts, anchovies, bread crumbs, parsley and drained raisins. Season with salt and black pepper and add the olive oil to make a thick paste.

Step 3    

Lightly brush a baking sheet with olive oil. On a large work surface, lay out all the pepper pieces, skinned sides down; place a heaping teaspoon of the stuffing at the widest end of each piece. Beginning at that end, firmly roll up the peppers and secure with toothpicks.

Step 4    

Bake the stuffed peppers for about 15 minutes, or until they are warmed through and the tops are lightly browned. Serve immediately or at room temperature.

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