Antipasto di peperoni alla piemontese

Piedmontese sweet pepper starter  Traditional recipe from Piedmont

This Piedmont-style sweet pepper starter is a typical dish in which you can easily recognize some culinary habits of this region. For example sweet peppers are cooked together with anchovies in salt, garlic, butter and milk. It is certainly not a low-calorie recipe and so is often served in small quantities as an appetizer or side dish.

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Sweet pepper starter

Ingredients / Serves 4

  • 4 (700g - 11/2 pounds) fleshy red and yellow sweet peppers
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 100g (3 1/2 ounces) anchovies in salt
  • 150ml (5 fluid ounces) low-fat milk
  • 25g (1ounce) salted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Time:
    preparation: 15 minutes
    cooking: 45 minutes
    total: 1 hour
  • Difficulty:
    easy recipe
  • How many calories in a serving?
    Calories: 162 (kcal) 9 % GDA (*)- 679 (kJ)
    Protein: 6.5 (g) 13 % GDA
    Total fat: 11.6 (g) 17 % GDA
    Total carbohydrate: 8.4 (g) 4 % GDA
    Sugars: 8.4 (g) 10 % GDA

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Sweet pepper starter recipe

Preparation and cooking

  • - Remove all salt from anchovies and chop them.
  • - Peel garlic cloves.
  • - Clean and wash sweet peppers. Cut them into large strips.
  • - Place olive oil, butter, garlic and anchovies in a pan.
  • - Let all fry slightly, on a low heat.
    Add some tablespoons milk to melt better anchovies, remove garlic and then add sweet peppers and remaining milk.
    Bring to a boil, reduce heat and continue cooking, half-covered, until sweet peppers are tender.
  • - Season to taste with salt, if necessary.

Just before serving

  • - Let sweet peppers rest for half an hour before serving.
    Serve them warm topped with their cooking juice.



  • - You can make this dish ahead.
  • - The traditional recipe is richer in fat than my version. In fact many people in Piedmont use much more olive oil and butter but, generally, I prefer to control them.

Menu planning

  • - This sweet pepper starter is a typical dish for your summer and early autumn menus.
  • - Serve them as an Italian starter or as a side dish to accompany meat and fish without sauces.

Healthy eating

  • - To avoid surprises with calories, please, follow my recommended doses.
  • - Fiber per serving: 2.7 grams