Merenda Napoletana


A month long hiatus, I didn’t think it would go on so long, but the preggy brain has taken over and I have been completely flat. Out of town as well, a few days with the in-laws in Liguria with no internet access, and three weeks in Atlanta with Oma and Opa, regressing back to being a kid while reeling in my three-year-old. Morale della favola, Italicious collected dust for a whole month, cruel, I know.

Now on top of the fog of the pregnant brain I have been recovering from jet-lag for the past week. Not an easy task when said three-year-old wakes up at midnight and stays up until 2 or 3AM. Last night was our first full night of rest and I would feel a failure if I didn’t even post these delicious pictures.

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This is a merenda napoletana, a Neapolitan snack, or so says my husband. It is a classic, fried green peppers, not our bells, but long skinny sweet peppers, with a little tomato fried with them, stuffed into a long roll where the crumbs have been removed. Our lovely neighbors brought the peppers over for us to try, along with a two liter water bottle of their own olive oil. Neither my husband nor I can really eat peppers, allergies and digestive problems, but we couldn’t resist making these delicious sandwiches. I made them early in the morning and let them sit, soaking up the oil for a few hours before bringing one to my husband for lunch.

Reminds me of a story about MFK Fisher who made warm sandwiches by sitting on them for an hour. I bet they would be that much more delicious after being smushed by a warm butt!


One Year Ago: Pranzo di Ferragosto, Fusilli Bucati alla PuttanescaCasareccie with Green Beans and Ricotta, HollandCappelletti con Salmone Affumicato e Fagiolini, Chilled Zucchini-Yogurt SoupRisotto with Sausages and Green Beans & Herb Baked Fish

Two Years Ago: Cherry Clafouti, Blueberry Basil VinegarPasta e Patate, Summer Squash with White Beans and TomatoesRicotta, Tapenade and Cherry Tomato Pizza, Spaghetti con Acchiughe, Erbe e LimoneMediterranean Green and White Bean Salad & Zucchini and Rice Tian

Three Years Ago:  Greek Stewed Green Beans and Yellow Squash With Tomatoes, Gemelli with Grilled Sausage and ScamorzaPan Seared Wahoo over Grits with Fresh Puttanesca

Four Years Ago: Risotto with Zucchini and Saffron, Banana Blueberry Muffins, Lincoln Park Farmers Market, Chicago Il, Risotto agli Asparagi e Zafferano & Crochette di Riso

~ by italicious on September 14, 2013.

One Response to “Merenda Napoletana”

  1. Welcome back to the blogging world, Virginia!

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