The Market is chock full of peppers at this time of late summer and early autumn. There are sweet peppers from bells and bananas to Marconis and hot peppers from jalapenos to habaneros!

What to do with all those peppers? Here’s a phenomenal antipasto plate that would be great as a prelude to any meal I can think of. And I’ve followed it up with a link to 32 more pepper recipes that will knock your socks off!

Sweet And Spicy Antipasto Salad

recipe by Chris Morocco for Bon Appetit

Italian frying peppersIngredients:

  • 6 long red sweet peppers or 4 red bell peppers, seeds removed
  • 6 red Fresno or other spicy red chiles, seeds removed
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar, divided
  • 1 Hungarian wax pepper, sliced
  • 1 Italian frying pepper, sliced
  • 8 ounces mozzarella, torn into pieces
  • 2 ounces cured fennel salami, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons marjoram or oregano leaves
  • Slices of country-style bread, toasted (for serving)


  1. Preheat oven to 300°. Combine sweet peppers, Fresno chiles, garlic, and ½ cup oil in a medium Dutch oven or other heavy lidded pot; season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook in oven until peppers, chiles, and garlic are tender, 60–75 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl. Let cool, then stir in 3 Tbsp. vinegar. Let marinate at room temperature at least 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, toss Hungarian wax pepper, Italian frying pepper, a pinch of salt, and remaining 1 Tbsp. vinegar in a medium bowl and let sit at room temperature until peppers are slightly softened, 8–10 minutes.
  3. Add mozzarella, salami, marjoram, and remaining 1 Tbsp. oil to bowl and toss to combine; season with salt and pepper.
  4. Transfer roasted sweet pepper mixture to a serving platter and top with salami mixture. Serve with toasted bread. Serves four.

Do Ahead: Sweet pepper mixture can be marinated one week ahead. Just cover and chill.

I’m thinking you could add some sliced onion to this as well and maybe even some cherry tomatoes. I envision this as a delicious lead-in to some lovely grilled chicken and a tossed green salad. If your socks are still not knocked off, here are 32 more amazing recipes for peppers (both sweet and spicy) to knock those socks into next week! 

Don’t forget to check out our recipe archive for more great pepper recipes here, and especially the amazing Stuffed Peppers here.