Mozzarella peppers with chunky Italian dressing

Mozzarella peppers with chunky Italian dressing

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 2
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Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal647
  • fat54g
  • saturates23g
  • carbs13g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre5g
  • protein28g
  • salt3.69g
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  • 2 red peppers
  • 5 sundried tomatoes, in olive oil
  • handful good-quality olives
    Bowl of olives



    Widely grown all over the Mediterranean, where they've been cultivated since biblical times…

  • 85g can anchovy, in oil



    Silver, slender salty little fish found mainly around the Black Sea and the Pacific and Atlantic…

  • small bunch basil, leaves torn



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 2 x 125g balls buffalo mozzarella, drained and halved
  • balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

    bal-sam-ick vin-ee-gah

    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…

  • selection of antipasti


  1. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Cut the peppers in half, scoop out the seeds and white membranes with a spoon and discard. Drizzle the peppers with a little olive oil from the tomato jar, rub all over and season generously. Roast for 20 mins until softened and starting to char.

  2. Roughly chop the tomatoes and olives, then mix in a small bowl with 2 tbsp oil from the jar. Cut 4 anchovies lengthways, giving 8 thin strips, then add to the bowl along with the basil leaves. Season with black pepper. Keep the rest of the anchovies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

  3. Take the peppers out of the oven and turn the grill to High. Pour any juice out of the peppers, then spoon in a little of the olive mix. Snuggle a mozzarella half into each pepper and return to the roasting tin. Grill for about 3 mins until the top of the cheese has just softened, but not melted. Put the antipasti on a serving platter and add the peppers. Spoon over the rest of the olive mix and splash with a little balsamic vinegar. Enjoy with bread and a glass of wine.

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Katie Collins's picture
Katie Collins
3rd Jul, 2018
A very quick and easy starter which I thoroughly enjoyed!!!
20th Jun, 2013
Been making it since it came out, always leave out the anchovies and vary the antipasti and salad that go with it. Plus the bread, good with ciabatta but divine with homemade red onion focaccia.
7th Apr, 2013
Anchovies and sun dried tomatoes add a lot of salt, next time I would wash the anchovies to cut down saltiness
janjones552s's picture
14th Oct, 2012
Made this as a starter for my Italian dinner party last night. Left out both olives and anchovies as husband wasn't keen, however it still tasted delicious. Just wish I had melted the cheese a little more. Only used half a pepper per person and that was enough.
23rd Mar, 2011
I was a bit scared to make this but actually it was delicious! my friends loved it! I was full after one half of pepper already!
17th Nov, 2010
Made this without anchovies as well, and it was delicious! Although as a starter it's pretty big - enjoyed every bite though! Will definately make this again, might follow Sue's advice and have it as a main meal with ciabatta, a salad and a glass of wine. Very classy :)
8th Jul, 2009
Love this one, been doing it regularly since the recipe came out. We vary the antipasti that go with it, trying different hams and salamis, never put any anchovy in but swap the salad around with peperonata, artichoke, mushrooms in olive oil and it's always been delicious. One day we'll do it as a main meal on the weekend and I'm going to try making ciabatta to go with it. Sue
18th Feb, 2009
This was gorgeous as a starter! Wow! Will be making again soon!
16th Feb, 2008
I made it without anchovies - it was nice.
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