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Market Cooking…Poivrons-Mozzarella au Basilic

It’s been said that one of the best things about living / visiting the South of France is the chance to experience the Provençal markets. Fresh, colorful, and always full of interesting locals, sometimes more colorful than the produce itself, markets serve as the heart / gathering point of many southern towns. Plus, they’re just so very pretty. I try to go to the markets as much as possible. Busy days being what they are, that’s not always easy, but on my lunch breaks I’m usually able to squeeze in a quick stroll among the stands. Even if I’m not “equipped” to make a big purchase, there’s something about seeing all the vivid colors that makes the day just a bit brighter – and gives me quite a lot of inspiration for cooking projects to come.

Basil

And then there’s the peppers – bright red, green, and yellow beauties that provide endless ideas for elegant dishes.  We can’t get enough of them… in fact, I found an entire book dedicated to pepper recipes in a discount bookstore here in town.  The French really like their themed-food books. Don’t get me started on macarons…

Poivrons Mozzarellla au Basilic

Although they’re not “officially” in season yet – dangerous territory to venture into in France – we’ve already started knocking out a few recipes. I found this one particularly good, the roasted pine nuts & extra drizzle of olive oil really did the trick. And you can never go wrong with fresh basil, très très bon.       Bon appétit!

Poivrons-mozzarella au basilic

Ingredients:

2 red peppers

1 yellow pepper

2 rounds of mozzarella cheese

2 lemons

1/2 bunch of fresh basil

olive oil

1 1/2 oz of pine nuts

fleur de sel (or regular salt)

crushed white pepper

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 356° F. Wrap each pepper in aluminium foil, then place them on an oven rack and bake for 35 minutes.

Take the peppers out of the oven, then enclose them in a plastic bag (the recipe recommends a “freezer” bag). Let them cool down for 15 minutes. Take the peppers out of the sack and remove the aluminium foil.  Peel them, take out the stem and the seeds.  Cut each pepper into wide strips – about to 6 to 8 strips.

Cut the mozzarella as thin as possible and place the slices on serving plates, overlapping them with the strips of peppers.

Press the lemons and drizzle their juice over the plates.  Place basil leaves on top of the mozzarella/peppers and drizzle with olive oil.

At serving time, grill the pine nuts in a pan (no oil needed) for one minute.  Sprinkle them over the plates and finish by adding a touch of fleur de sel and crushed white pepper.

-recipe credit:  J’aime et je cuisine: le Poivron, Rustica editions 2008

About Tuula

I’m a 40-ish American woman & I’ve been blogging about my travels around belle Provence since moving here in 2010. You can also find my travel writing in International Living magazine, Charming Small Hotels (France), & Living France magazine. Bienvenue!

7 comments on “Market Cooking…Poivrons-Mozzarella au Basilic

  1. Marianne

    Oh my goodness! I can’t wait to try your recipe – it looks fantastic – thanks so much for sharing. It will be great to get a little Provence immersion.

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    • Anonymous

      Thank Marianne 🙂 glad you liked it and it does bring a bit of Provence “home” – bon weekend.

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  2. Thanks for the recipe. I must try it! I am a total pepper fanatic and use them a lot when cooking.
    Ashley

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    • Anonymous

      Peppers are a real favorite of mine too… have loads more recipes to try & really love the color they add to dishes. Merci for your comment Ashley 🙂

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  3. That looks heavenly, Tuula! 🙂 I love peppers too – and just got a bunch in town this week. 🙂

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    • Anonymous

      Happy you liked the recipe Krista, I know you cook a lot and always have such creative ideas… I’m sure those peppers will be put to good use! bon weekend bella 🙂

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  4. Anonymous

    Merci Libby! It’s a really easy recipe to make and also quite elegant to serve to guests… hope you have a great weekend 🙂

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