Sunday, July 1, 2012

Toast Topper #4 (Spicy Italian Peppers in Sauce) for #SundaySupper

Even though this week's #SundaySupper theme is centred around the American Independence Day, my Canadian self isn't slacking on the job! Instead, I figured that I could bring a sandwich staple from my Italian-Canadian step-grandmother's kitchen that has really become  my stepdad's "go to" condiment for pretty much everything you can think of - toast, pasta, rice, tacos, even burgers and steamed veggies!

If you're not familiar with "real Italian" food as he calls it, it's a mosaic of simple flavours that always embrace the best the season has to offer. Where he's from (Puglia), olives, tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, eggplants, and fennel are  grown and eaten with gusto. However, you're not going to find eggplant parmigana on spaghetti anywhere in Italy - and historically the tomatoes and peppers that are so completely a part of the now traditional diet didn't exist. Those, along with the potatoes, zucchini and corn, came from the "New World" - right back in my backyard! I love how cuisine of any sort intertwines regions, cultures, tastes and hearts. We all eat, and as ingredients circle the globe so do celebrations and trends!

So, whether you are celebrating the Fourth of July with the US, June's Republic Day in Italy, the French Bastille Day on the 14th of July or Canada Day with me today, celebrate with your loved ones and don't forget to share a #SundaySupper or two!


Join us this week! We’ll share these fabulous recipes and want you to share yours with us! The fun starts at 3pm EST and lasts all afternoon. At 5:30 pm EST, we will be available to chat with you. All you have to do is follow the hashtag #sundaysupper on twitter or follow along on TweetChat. Our #SundaySupper Pinterest Board will be filled with fabulous family recipes. There is always room Around the Family Table for you.

Main Dishes:

Salads and Sides:


Fabulous Pairings by Martin from ENOFYLZ
My recipe after the jump!

This "Italian salsa" is filled with all sorts of vegetables from our backyard garden and can be canned or kept in the fridge for the next BBQ. It is spicy, so use the peppers with caution!
Spicy Italian Peppers in Sauce
Makes enough for 16 sandwiches
3 tbsp olive oil
4 cubanelle peppers, chopped
2 red bell peppers, chopped
2 Hungarian Wax peppers, chopped
1 jalapeƱo pepper, minced
1 (28-oz) can no-salt-added whole tomatoes
3 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the peppers and saute until they begin to soften and break down, about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, pepper flakes, onion and garlic powders and basil.
  4. Cover and cook 10 minutes.
  5. Uncover and break up the tomatoes with a spoon, cook 2-3 minutes more.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Add seasoning to taste.
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 45.2
Total Fat: 2.7 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 92.7 mg
Total Carbs: 5.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.2 g
Protein: 0.9 g


  1. Oh tasty! Sounds really good and they look very pretty.

  2. Oh yummy! I do enjoy spicy food. I'll have to save this recipe.

  3. I am very intrigued by this Hungarian Wax Pepper. I must see if I can get this in the UK. We love chilies of all sorts in our house.

  4. This looks SO delicious! I love the sauce!

  5. So many different peppers in a sauce! Great for sunday pasta,which is an absolute tradition here!

  6. My husband would love this sauce, I don't think he has met a pepper he hasn't liked!

  7. I'm actually growing everything you mention in the garden. I'll definitely be trying this recipe!

  8. I love peppers, and your recipe looks delicious.

  9. All we need is a big chunk of crusty bread!

  10. This looks so great! I will have to try it soon!! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Spicy Italian peppers, Yummy. My mom used to make them often. My grandma was from northern Italy and she often prepared simple and fresh vegetable dishes.

    Perfect for a holiday if you ask me. Hope you had a fab Canada Day!

  12. Sound so good! I really want to try this.

  13. Love your bit of food history. This looks great!


Thanks for the feedback!