Italian peppers and onions are gently fried and flavored with garlic, oregano and red pepper. A quick 20 minute addition to antipasti.
Another beautiful rainbow to share today. Isn’t mother nature just amazing? I am always in awe when I am gifted with beautiful natural colors like this. Red, orange and yellow mini bell peppers with bright green basil. I just can’t get enough of it.
This Italian style peppers and onions recipe is an easy addition to an antipasto platter.
Sweet and slightly caramelized, I often make roasted peppers and keep them in the fridge. Throw a few garlic cloves in and you have an instant sandwich topper and antipasto starter that sweetens every bite.
This time, I fried pepper and onion strips and let them caramelize in the pan. The trick is to not move them around much because you want the heat to stick to the vegetables and brown ever so slightly.
Put whole garlic cloves in first and let them infuse the oil and tan in color. The thinner you slice the onion, the sweeter it becomes. I also added a sprinkle of fresh oregano, red pepper and topped it with fresh basil.
Can this recipe be made with Roasted Peppers and Onions
The beautiful thing about this Italian peppers recipe, is that you can make it on the stove top or in the oven for roasted peppers.
Add all the same ingredients to a baking sheet and toss with olive oil and roast until peppers and onions are charred.
You can leave the bell peppers whole for easier prep and slice after they are roasted. I like to place the peppers and garlic in olive oil and use them for sandwiches or pasta recipes.
I have to say this was inspiration from my favorite roasted isn’t the only way to go and I am so glad I fried these gorgeous rainbow of Italian pepper strips up!
We enjoyed them with an antipasto platter of fried artichokes and roasted tomatoes with basil oil and burrata The next day threw the rest of the Italian peppers into some marinara that we had for dinner, which was a delicious sweet addition.
Italian Style Peppers and Onions
- 6 mini bell peppers or 2 large bell peppers, seeded and sliced
- 1/4 red onion sliced thinly
- 4 garlic cloves skin removed
- 1 tsp fresh oregano roughly chopped
- Pinch red pepper flakes
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Olive oil for drizzling
- Few leaves of fresh basil chopped
- Begin by heating a large non-stick skillet with olive oil and place the garlic cloves in. Allow the garlic to infuse the oil and begin to carmelize. This should take about 5 minutes.
- Add the peppers, onions, oregano, red pepper and salt and pepper. Place on medium to medium-high heat and allow the vegetables to cook down. Try not to toss the vegetables around, but instead allow them to fry and change in color. This should take about 15 minutes.
- Every so often, turn the vegetables and then let them fry on the other side.
- When done, place vegetables in a serving plate and sprinkle with additional salt if necessary adn fresh chopped basil.