Pascale’s Kitchen: Roasted peppers on sourdough bread

Every time I wander by means of a vegetable marketplace or grocery store, I finish up expending extra time inspecting all the unique varieties of peppers out there for purchase. Some stores provide a good assortment, and I adore wanting at all the various styles and shades of the peppers. 

I ordinarily end up getting a major bag of each individual variety of pepper and then going home and pickling them all so that my pantry will be stocked with a substantial variety of flavors and shades to choose from as an addition to foods.  

With just one kind of peppers, I put together Mechouia salad just like my mom employed to make, which usually delivers again this sort of great memories for me. When I odor the aroma, I’m instantly transported back to the very small kitchen area of my childhood, in which I would keep my mother corporation as she adroitly and expertly held a sharp knife in each individual hand as if they were swords. She would keep the two knives parallel to every other, with the pointy finishes experiencing reverse directions, and then the two knives would engage in a form of dance as they chopped the greens she’d just roasted above an open flame collectively with the garlic and herbs. She would swiftly chop and crush up the veggies into miniscule items. I can still hear the sound her knives manufactured on her substantial reducing board. Inside of 5 minutes, there would be a enormous mound of chopped roasted vegetables on her huge slicing board. To this working day, I like preparing my salads in particularly the exact same way. 

With the 2nd team of peppers, I like to make my beloved pickled roasted peppers with salt and olive oil. With the third group of big bell peppers, I often prepare stuffed peppers. 

In North African cuisine, which features dishes originating in Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco, you are going to uncover unlimited recipes for salads and spreads manufactured from peppers. There’s a broad assortment of flavors ranging from sweet to spicy, some of which can be organized speedily and other folks that require to cook for several several hours, from peppers that are little and thin to peppers that are massive and thick. Some are pretty comparable to just about every other, and still the discerning palate can differentiate concerning all the great flavors. And, of program, relying on how you prepare dinner the peppers, you will end with very diverse final results. Some are chopped really finely and other folks are mashed. Just about every salad has its personal one of a kind seasoning. Some family members like to include varying amounts of garlic, caraway seeds, salt and pepper. Some even like to include a bit of cumin. And nevertheless, in general, most of the recipes for pepper salads resemble every other with slight variations. 

Beneath, you will obtain two recipes for pepper salads that were a staple in my family members when I was a young female. We in particular loved to scoop up the distribute with delicate, contemporary challa or selfmade bread that was brought to the table straight from the oven. If all we experienced was bread leftover from the day right before, we would toast it and then permit it soften underneath the weight of the scrumptious pepper salad. In one one chunk you get a hurry of spicy and salty flavoring that melds with the crispiness of the bread. 

I’ve also incorporated a recipe for my beloved sourdough bread, which is the ideal bread to provide with the pepper salads. 


This process, which is well-liked in Tunisian delicacies, is different from the way individuals typically pickle spicy peppers. Initial, you roast the peppers and then you pickle them in salt and oil. 

Helps make 1 kg. of peppers.

½ kg. spicy crimson peppers

½ kg. green peppers

1½ cups olive oil or vegetable oil

2/3 cup salt

Rinse the peppers and then roast them on a wire rack over an open up flame. Alternatively, you could area them on a baking tray and broil them in the oven at a pretty higher temperature. Remove the blackened skin with a knife and rinse. Dry the peppers. Distribute the salt out on a flat plate or tray. Dip the peppers in the salt and then lay them out on a plate. Keep on positioning another layer of peppers on prime of the previous 1 right up until you’ve used all the peppers. Push them carefully so they are all squished jointly. Location yet another plate on leading of the peppers and then permit them sit on the counter overnight.

Transfer the peppers to a substantial, airtight container and pour the oil on major. Retain in a darkish position for 2-3 weeks right up until they’re ready to consume. 

Degree of problem: Medium.

Time: 30 minutes.

Status: Pareve.

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Can make 4-6 servings. 

1 inexperienced pepper

4 spicy green or red peppers

4 tomatoes

8 cloves of garlic, chopped finely

3 Tbsp. contemporary lemon juice

2 Tbsp. oil

½ tsp. salt

Slice the prime of the pepper off and get rid of all the seeds. Rinse them perfectly. Put a steel rack about a medium flame and place the vegetables on the rack. Roast them right until the outer pores and skin blackens and bubbles. 

Take away the pores and skin with a knife or by hand. Chop the vegetables with two sharp knives, a single held in each hand, or just cut them into tiny pieces. 

Spot in a substantial bowl and increase the relaxation of the substances – the garlic, lemon juice, oil and salt. Combine nicely and serve chilly. 

Amount of problems: Medium.

Time: 30 minutes.


Above the past year, I have been engaged in a love affair with diverse styles of sourdough breads and the different ways you can make them. My favored section is producing creative cuts in the dough before baking. Even if you just make a single easy slice together the aspect of the loaf right before putting the dough in the oven, you will be entirely astonished by the resulting creative generation. I like to make a range of parallel or perpendicular cuts when I’m baking sourdough bread. Other moments, I make cuts in the condition of leaves. When generating these cuts, you have to have to slice with a sure, confident hand and make wonderful deep cuts. You have to have to make each individual slice with no halting in the center, otherwise there will be cracks and marks that will be obvious as soon as the bread has completed baking. Also, the loaf will have to have openings where it can rise, otherwise it will explode in the course of the baking course of action. 

Will make 1 significant loaf or 2 smaller loaves.

500 gr. white flour

200 gr. rye flour

150 gr. sourdough rye starter or other sourdough starter

½ cup oat bran or ¼ cup ground flax seeds

½ cup sesame seeds

½ cup sunflower seeds

2½ cups water

1 Tbsp. salt

For operate surface: 

Flour or corn flour

Position the flours and sourdough starter in the bowl of an electric powered mixer fitted with a dough hook and mix on reduced speed. Though mixing, include all the unique forms of seeds, then little by little incorporate the h2o. Mix for 3 more minutes and then insert the salt. Continue on mixing for 8-10 far more minutes. Flour a massive bowl and area the dough in it to increase. Address with plastic wrap and enable it rise for 60-90 minutes. 

Consider the dough out of the bowl and punch out all the air. Knead the dough by folding it over from the edge into the center. Deal with and let it rest for 1 hour. 

Independent the dough into two balls and let them rest yet another 20-30 minutes. Sort the balls into the desired loaf condition and position in a basket lined with a cotton towel that was sprinkled with flour or corn flour. Address and place in the fridge for 12 several hours. 

Heat your oven to medium temperature and location within it a baking stone or a solid iron pot. Enable it warmth for 30 minutes. 

In the meantime, position a sheet of baking paper on your perform surface area. Area the loaves of dough on the paper and sprinkle a minor flour on best of them and then make any wanted adjustments to the designs of loaves. Make cuts in the dough with a sharp knife. Acquire out the iron pot that has been heating in the oven and utilizing the baking paper, position the loaf of dough within of it. Protect the pot. Boost the temperature to 250°C and bake for 20 minutes. Clear away the deal with and keep on baking for a further 15-20 minutes till it turns golden brown. 

Level of trouble: Medium.

Time: 1 day.

Position: Pareve.

Translated by Hannah Hochner.