Cooked Red Pepper & Tomato Salad


Makes 3 cups

4 red bell peppers
1/4 cupextra-virgin olive oil
3 pounds ripe tomatoes (about 6), peeled, seeded and diced
4 large cloves of garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoons sweet paprika
1 teaspoons salt, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1. Halve the peppers lengthwise. Remove the seeds and ribs and place flat on a baking sheet, skin-side up. Place under the broiler and char the skins, or use a BBQ. Seal tightly in a plastic bag to steam for about 15 to 20 minutes. Slip off and discard the skins. Cut the peppers into 1-inch squares.
2. Heat 1/4 cup of the oil in a heavy skillet; add the peppers, tomatoes, garlic, sugar, paprika, salt and pepper. Simmer over a low flame, stirring occasionally, and mash the vegetables with a fork until the liquid begins to evaporate. Continue to cook until the salad thickens and has a saucelike consistency.

Double the recipe, you will thank me 🙂