Monday, February 13, 2012

Peperonata Wellington

 Valentine's Day is approaching and will be celebrated worldwide by loving couples. It's a day that has been appreciated for over 1500 years but not until the late 1800's did the tradition of exchanging cards and gifts really come into play. It is now highly commercialised and unbelievably a quarter of all cards bought each year are Valentine's cards.  I'd have to admit that for the past few years it hasn't been one day that I've put too much thought into. I think the fact that I have four children may have something to do with this. However I do really like the sentiment of Valentine's.

For parents, especially with young children, it can actually be quite difficult to organise some alone time but it is so important for a couple, even if you do only end up chatting about the children! 'Date night' is all the rage in America whereby a couple has a set night each week to head out and spend time alone. It is a nice idea, but I can't see that it would always be practical. A night out may be difficult to organise, but a lunch in an old favourite haunt or even a walk in a charming location could be easier to coordinate. These outings can be a real treat but if leaving the house is near to impossible then rustling up a special meal at home can nicer than anything! The meal doesn't have to be elaborate, just a dish that you both enjoy, which isn't too bothersome to make. Of course when dining at home there is no guaranteeing that you won't have to seat an extra one or two, if the bedtime routine isn't going to plan!  



Peperonata Wellington


When eating late in the evening I like to serve a lighter meal and preferably something that won't take too long to cook. This Peperonata Wellington can be prepared earlier in the day and then just assembled prior to cooking. I normally make a large pot of the peperonota and then use it through the week with any sort of chicken or fish dish. It is also delicious served on its own with pasta. The Peperonata Wellington is a substantial dish, so a simple green salad makes an ideal accompaniment. 



Peperonata-
4 tbsp olive oil
1 red pepper, cut into strips
1 yellow pepper, cut into strips
1 orange pepper, cut into strips
2 red onions,sliced
2 garlic cloves,crushed
2 tins of plum tomatoes
salt &  freshly ground pepper
Pastry case-
2 tbsp basil pesto
60g mozzarella, sliced
1 sheet of puff pastry, defrosted
1 egg, slightly beaten
20g sesame seeds


1. To make the peperonata put the olive oil, pepper strips, onion slices, garlic and tomatoes into a saucepan. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Allow to cool before using in the wellington.
2. Pre heat the oven to 180°C(fan)/390°F/gas mark 6.
3. Place the sheet of puff pastry onto a floured work surface. Cut into four and brush the edges of each rectangle with some beaten egg.
4. Divide the pesto between two of the rectangles and spread evenly. Top each with 2 tbsps of peperonata then 3 slices of mozzarella.
5. Carefully place a rectangle of pastry over each peperonata & cheese mix and seal tightly to the bottom piece of pastry with a fork.
6. Place the wellingtons onto a baking tray and brush the tops with some beaten egg. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds. Chill in the fridge for 10 minutes.
7. Bake  for 25 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown.
8. Serve straight away.

6 comments:

Sue/the view from great island said...

This is completely new to me, but it looks really good. Those peppers look so big and juicy!

When my husband and I go on 'dates' all we talk about is the kids!

Donna OShaughnessy said...

Nessa, your dishes are always so very pretty. Thanks so much for all the recipes, they are always different than many over here and I tire of the same old thing, as does my hubbie

Simply Homemade said...

Sounds delicious Nessa. It's lovely to make the effort to have a meal at home as, like you say, it can be so difficult to arrange a night out when you have children, and I AlWAYS seem to have extra people at the table :-)

Clare said...

Nessa that looks delicious. I never actually heard of pereronata before, but I am definitely doing to try this - soon! Thank you!

Niamh said...

Hi Nessa,

I love your blog, i've used a good few recipes and i must admit im not a very confident cook i was really pleased how they turned out!

I just want to ask, i've never cooked with puff pastry before and i was wondering do you roll the pieces out after you cut it into 4? :)

Thanks
Niamh

Nessa Robins said...

Hi Niamh, I'm delighted to hear that you are enjoying the recipes. You could either roll out the pastry before or after cutting it into the rectangles. This sauce is also really nice with pasta. Let me know how you get on.
All the best. Nessa

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