A multipurpose vegetable, the sweet bell pepper is wonderful in each of these diverse recipes.
The sweet bell pepper is actually a fruit posing as a vegetable. Grilling or oven-roasting bell peppers caramelizes them, turning them sweet, soft and versatile. This recipe was adapted from a recipe in Marcella Cucina by Marcella Hazan (HarperCollins, 1997). See the Eggplant-Stuffed Peppers Recipe
Slow-braised chicken with peppers and onions is a soul food staple. This version is seasoned with plenty of paprika.
This spicy, southern Italian-style pesto recipe was given to us by Rocco Arena, owner of San Rocco restaurant in New York City. A touch of ricotta in this pesto tempers the flavor of the red peppers, and makes it an excellent bruschetta topping. See the recipe for Pesto Calabrese»