Tomatoes, Peppers and Garlic! Oh My!

This is one of my favorite recipes.  I am not sure if I mentioned this in previous posts, I may have, my father was born and raised in Alicante, Spain.  For me, being raised by someone who was raised in Spain gave way to some wonderful recipes and cooking methods that would be taught to me as I grew.  My father made sure I knew my cultural heritage through the food he would make and eventually pass on to my brother and I.  This is one of the first dishes he taught me, and it is simplistically elegant in its method and flavor.    Sometimes I find it is easier to accentuate the flavors you have rather than try to add flavor that you think may be missing.  This dish is just such an example of taking a few bold flavors and letting them do what they do best and that is… taste delicious!

You will need…

1 large serving platter

4-6 of your favorite tomatoes

4-6 sweet peppers or bell peppers (yellow, orange, red)

6 – 10 cloves of garlic

1-2 cups of olive oil

To prepare this dish, slice the tomatoes into 1/4″ thick slices, finely mince the garlic, and set aside.  Roast the peppers, which you can do on the grill, or in your oven, or even over an open flame.  Cut the peppers length wise and remove the seeds and ribs then cut the peppers into quarters, you may also want to remove the charred skin, but that is up to you.  I find removing the charred skin helps with the texture and flavor of the peppers down the road.

Layer the sliced tomatoes, garlic and peppers in the serving platter.  I will usually sprinkle some garlic onto the platter first, then a layer of the tomatoes, sprinkled with more garlic then the pepper pieces.  Pour the olive oil over the layers until they are almost submerged completely.

Let the tomatoes soak for about 2 hours, then turn the tomatoes and peppers over and let it stand for another hour or two.  Cut some good Italian bread into slices, any rustic bread will do, place the tomato, pepper and a little oil on the bread and enjoy those wonderfully fresh and delicate flavors.

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