Fontina and Roasted Yellow Pepper Salad

Insalata Di Fontina E Peperoni Gialli
Serves 6


Fontina and Roasted Yellow Pepper Salad 
Here's another interesting antipasto salad from the Piemonte region of northwestern Italy. It was specifically created to showcase fragrant, nutty-flavored Italian Fontina cheese, which come from Val d'Aosta. This salad is sometimes simply called insalata di formaggio. When roasted, the sweet yellow peppers take on a subtle smokiness that's a perfect contrast to the cheese.


6 yellow bell peppers
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
2/3 pound imported Fontina cheese (from Val d'Aosta),
    cut into 1-1/2-inch matchsticks
1/2 cup coarsely chopped green olives


1. Roast the whole peppers over a gas flame, turning until completely charred. Put in a bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let cool for at least 30 minutes.

2. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, heavy cream, mustard, salt, and a couple of grinds of pepper. Whisk together until emulsified. Set aside.

3. Peel the skin from the peppers and discard the cores, seeds, and membranes. Cut the peppers into 1/4-inch-wide strips.

4. In a large bowl, combine the peppers, cheese, olives, and cream mixture. Toss together. Serve at room temperature.

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Authentic Italian Salads for All Seasons

By Susan Simon
Chronicle Books, June 2001
Paperback, $17.95
132 pages, full-color photographs throughout
ISBN: 0-8118-2872-7
Recipe reprinted by permission.





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