Peperoni in Brusco (Piemonte Sour Peppers)

Peperoni in Brusco (Piemonte Sour Peppers)

Peperoni in Brusco is a very common dish, particularly common in the southern Piedmont: Asti, Langhe, Monferrato, Cuneo.
It is a dish served at room temperature as an appetizer, before the abundant meals for which the Piedmontese are famous.
The Piemonte Sour Peppers combine all ingredients typical of this land:

  • peppers, loved and consumed diffusely in Piemonte, arrived here thanks to the trade of the seventeenth century and, since then, have become an integral part of the local diet. Carmagnola, a small town near Turin, is famous for their variety of peppers, also celebrated in a famous fair which is held every year in late spring
  • anchovies, food symbol of Piemonte cuisine, an essential ingredient of the dish symbol of Piemonte bagna cauda and also a food rich in tradition and history in this land.
  • the flavors of the basil and parsley as reminiscent of peasant origin in many dishes that literally born in the gardens of a poor and dirt poor Piemonte, austere and “sabaudo” (from the Savoy Family) that is a word often used as a synonym for austerity.
  • tastes like sour capers and vinegar that are often used to create a contrast sour who Piedmontese love and that belongs to the typical taste of many dishes of Piemonte.

This recipe is very quick and easy peasy. It is a very good way to approach the use of anchovies in cooking. Of course it’s possible to prepare Peperoni in Brusco without anchovies or reducing the quantity, but the taste will change deeply.

Peperoni in Brusco (Piemonte Sour Peppers)

Peperoni in Brusco (Piemonte Sour Peppers)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4

Calories per serving: 156


  • 3 sweet and fleshy peppers, 1 red, 1 yellow and 1 green
  • 1.7 fl.oz. extra virgin olive oil
  • For the Sour Sauce
  • 1 handful of basil leaves
  • 1 handful of parsley leaves
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 6 anchovy fillets in oil
  • 1 tablespoon capers in vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar


  1. Clean the peppers: wash externally under the water, then open them in half and remove the core and remove all the seeds and the white "ribs"
  2. Cut them in square or diamond
  3. Put all ingredients for the sour sauce in a blender: anchovies, basil, parsley, garlic, capers and vinegar and coarsely chop
  4. Put 2 or 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a pan and pour the peppers
  5. Sauté the peppers for a few minutes
  6. After about 5 minutes, add the sauce, stir well and cook for another 5-8 minutes
  7. The peppers will be ready as soon as they are cooked on the surface and crispy within
  8. When ready turn off the heat, leave to marinate for a few minutes
  9. You can serve cold in summer or with the first cold of autumn are also warm delicious
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