Nonna Maria’s Peperone e Patate

Capsicum and potatoes. What a combination! This side dish has always been a family favourite served alongside chicken schnitzel or a juicy piece of steak. In the old days, meat in Southern Italy was scarce, so there was a lot of improvisation with whatever vegetables were growing. A good plate of Peperone e patate was often eaten with just a loaf of crusty bread to help mop up the capsicum flavoured olive oil!  Serves 2- 4.


  • 3 red capsicums
  • 4 large Desiree potatoes
  • a good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • a good pinch of salt
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  1. Wash the capsicum and cut into 1 cm strips. Dry off with a paper towel.
  2. Peel and wash potatoes. Cut into chips, about 1-1.5cm in width. Dry off with a paper towel.
  3. Place a good quantity of olive oil in a large frying pan, enough to shallow fry, about 2-3 mm in depth. Once heated, first add the capsicum strips. Fry on a medium to high heat until soft but not charred. Remove and drain on a paper towel.
  4. In the same oil, shallow fry the potato chips until golden and cooked through. Take care to not over load the pan – if the potatoes are overlapping, the chips can end up sticking together. This step may have to be done in batches if your frying pan is not big enough. Remove cooked chips and drain on a paper towel.
  5. Place cooked capsicum and potatoes in a dish. Sprinkle with a good pinch of salt and gently mix the capsicum through the chips using your fingers.
  6. If making ahead of time or using as leftovers, reheat in the oven or in the microwave.

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Why we like it

The combination of flavours works sooooo well.

How we Eat It

We serve it as a side dish with chicken or meat. We also love putting leftovers in a bread roll for lunch the next day.

Nonna Maria's top 3 Tips

  1. Be patient with the frying.
  2. Have the olive oil at a good heat. Too high, it will burn, too low it will boil instead of fry.
  3. This is a bit of an oily dish, but if you use too much oil, the chips will boil and turn out soggy.

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