Of all the different regional cuisines Italy has to offer, Sicilian food is by far my favourite. The island’s food culture hasn’t just been influenced by the Italian continent, it has also adopted ingredients and flavour combinations from Spain, Greece and North Africa, giving Sicilian food its unique authenticity. Sicilians are masters when it comes to the balancing of flavours, with striking dishes such as pasta tossed in freshly grilled sardines, raisins, garlic, saffron and pine nuts.
… I’ll give you some time to process this example of heavenliness…
As a tribute to “La cucina Siciliana” I decided to conjure up a dish inspired by my love for Sicilian food.
Stuffed peppers with raisins, olives, white beans and lemon zest.
(Served with some sunny tomato sauce.)
Ingredients (for one portion ):
• 1 red or yellow pepper
• 150g of white beans
• A handful of raisins
• 1 clove of garlic
• Lemon zest
• A handful of chopped olives
• Parmesan cheese
1. Mix the white beans, raisins, garlic and olives together in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper, a pinch of cinnamon and chili powder and finally grate in some lemon zest.
2. Add a good tablespoon of olive oil and give it a quick taste (warning: it is very tempting to eat the whole lot… try to control yourself!)
3. Cut the red pepper in half and stuff the peppers with the yummy filling.
4. Put in a preheated oven at 200°C for 20 to 30 minutes.
5. Serve with tomato sauce and pasta, rice or Sicilian couscous.