Wednesday, October 24, 2012


When I arrived in Sicily for the first time - exactly twenty years ago today, as it happens - one of the dishes my good friend Giovanna made to welcome me was peperonata with potatoes.  This is my version:

3 tablesp olive oil
1 large red onion
5 peppers - I happened to have red and green but use yellow and orange, too, if you can
500 gr potatoes [a bit more if you like]
6 vine or other flavoursome tomatoes, halved
1 400 gr can cherry tomatoes with their juice or a box of passata
chilli pepper flakes if liked
fresh basil

Chop the onion finely and soften in the oil in a wide pan or wok. Deseed the peppers, cut into fairly large  pieces and add to the pan. A Sicilian would peel the potatoes but I only ever do that to mash them so I don't. Cut the potatoes into chunks and add them too, stirring everything well. When the peppers have softened, after about 15 minutes, add the fresh tomatoes [peeled and desseded if you have time or prefer] the contents of the can of cherry tomatoes or passata and stir.  Sprinkle over some chilli pepper flakes if you like them.  Add seasalt to taste, then stir the mixture well, put the lid on the pan and leave to simmer for about 35 mins.  Strew some torn fresh basil leaves over and serve.

Buon appetito.


Laura said...

Happy 20th anniversary! I didn't realize you had been there for so long.

Whispering Walls said...


jams o donnell said...

I love pepperonata. 29 ears in Sicily? Congratulations Pat!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Laura. I haven't. I visited for the first timer in 1992 but it was another 13 years before I moved here. Thank you for your good wishes. A pleasure, WW. No, only 7 living here, jams but thank you for your good wishes.

Claude said...

This looks delicious. I love special potato dish. Thanks! You are a great gift to Sicily, Pat. You adapted so well. And you share so generously the beauty and the richness of the land.

Trubes said...

That looks and sounds delicious
I shall add it to my, ever growing, list of
Welshcake's recipes!
Does Simi eat Sicilian food, or does she keep just to a doggy diet?
My old Alsation, Victor, used to love Spaghetti and meatballs , with a smattering of Parmesan cheese.
hope you and darling Simi are well...

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Claude. Thank you - you are kind. Hi, Trubes and thank you. Simi has a doggy diet spiced up with Sicilian ham and lots of treats! What a good judge of food Victor must have been! Love to you and Chloe xx woof!


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