Marinated Feta with Pan-Roasted Shishito Peppers and Olives

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Marinated Feta with Pan-Roasted Shishito Peppers and Olives
Marinated Feta with Pan-Roasted Shishito Peppers and Olives
Viviane Bauquet Farre

Marinated Feta with Pan-Roasted Shishito Peppers and Olives

Shishito peppers are small Japanese sweet peppers; they're skinny and slightly twisted. They're picked young, while still green and only about three inches long. When growing my own I've never had a spicy one in the bunch, but when I've purchased them, about one in 10 peppers turns out to be hot. Also, I find that the smaller the peppers are, the less of a chance they'll be spicy. Of course, the most wonderful thing about these little peppers is their flavor — slightly smoky and sweet with a hint of bitterness.

They are delightful simply pan-sautéed with a little olive oil, served as a nibble or a side vegetable. But here, I serve them with feta, olives, and fresh thyme for a delectable hors d'oeuvre.

If you can't find shishito peppers at your farmers' market, look for them in Asian specialty stores — especially Korean markets, where you'll find them labeled as "twist peppers."

4
Servings
444
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4 Ounces shishito peppers or mini sweet peppers
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 8 Ounces feta, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 Cup Kalamata olives
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/3 Cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

Make a small slit in each pepper with a paring knife. (This will prevent them from bursting when they cook.) Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat and line a tray with paper towels. When the pan is hot, add the oil and peppers and toss well. Sauté until golden brown and blistered, tossing only occasionally, for 4-5 minutes. Transfer to the paper towels and season with salt, to taste. Set aside.

Place the feta, olives, and roasted peppers in a wide bowl. Sprinkle with the thyme. Drizzle with the olive oil and gently turn the ingredients over with a spatula, being careful not to break the feta cubes. Let marinate at room temperature, for at least 30 minutes or up to 1 hour before serving.

Olive Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Olive Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
40g
62%
Sugar
7g
N/A
Saturated Fat
12g
62%
Cholesterol
50mg
17%
Protein
10g
19%
Carbs
12g
4%
Vitamin A
273µg
30%
Vitamin B12
1µg
16%
Vitamin B6
0.6mg
30.1%
Vitamin C
158mg
100%
Vitamin D
0.2µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
6mg
30%
Vitamin K
22µg
28%
Calcium
330mg
33%
Fiber
4g
16%
Folate (food)
75µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
75µg
19%
Iron
3mg
15%
Magnesium
32mg
8%
Monounsaturated
23g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
2mg
9%
Phosphorus
227mg
32%
Polyunsaturated
3g
N/A
Potassium
312mg
9%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.6mg
35.1%
Sodium
746mg
31%
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
10.3%
Zinc
2mg
14%

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