Stuffed Hot Peppers Recipe | Italian Recipe | PBS Food

Judith of Anchorage, Alaska submitted this recipe which was a winner in our Italian recipe contest judged by Mary Ann Esposito of Ciao Italia.


Prep time: 15 Minutes

Cook time: 1 Hour

Total time: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes

Yield: 6 servings



  • 15 small hot peppers such as jalapeno, green or red
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 5 TBSP grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/4 C. fine bread crumbs
  • 1 TBSP. capers, chopped
  • 3 anchovies, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. pine nuts
  • 1/2 C. extra virgin olive oil (or more if needed)
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Slice the peppers in half lengthwise, including the stem. Scrape out the seeds (I like to use a grapefruit spoon). Leave a few seeds in if you like your food spicy.
  2. Mix all the other ingredients together making sure it is well saturated, but not swimming in oil.
  3. Stuff the peppers with the bread crumb mixture using a spoon. Pat down lightly. Place the peppers in a greased baking pan (Pyrex) and cover with tin foil. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and check peppers for tenderness. Bake 8-10 more minutes if needed.
  4. Serve on a platter heated or room temp.
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