Italian Pickled Peppers (peperoni sotto aceto)

Italian pickled peppers recipe, know by its original name: peperoni sotto aceto, is such a great way to preserve your summer produce. Once you have tried this super simple recipe, you will be hooked for life.

Italian pickled peppers in jars.

Let me tell you that I’ve been making those pickled peppers for almost 20 years and every time I put them in the table, they will be consumed quickly because they are truly delicious!

Italian pickled peppers are a staple in the mediterranean cuisine. They can be made in various ways, some of them may include oil while others (like our recipe) uses only vinegar.

Peperoni sotto aceto. Aka, Italian pickled peppers.

Peperoni sotto aceto have a tangy, slightly-pungent taste, and the texture is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Those peppers are for sure addictive and the best of all, they’re extremely easy to make!

How To Make Pickled Peppers Italian-Style

First, prepare your jars. There are many ways of sterilizing jars for canning foods, I suggest to do a little research and go with the method you prefer. I boiled mine in water, The Spruce Eats has an easy guide to sterilize jars, if you want to check it out.

Jars boiling in a pot.

Now, lets start with our recipe for Italian pickled peppers. Wash thoroughly the peppers, dry them with pepper towels and cut them into 3-inch (7,5cm) strips. You can use any color of Italian bell peppers, but I suggest of getting at least one of each color for a nice, colorful dish.

Cutting green peppers on a cutting board.

Place half of the vinegar in a medium pot, add about 4-5 cups of water, salt, garlic, and the bay leaves. Bring to a boil while stirring to dissolve the salt.

A pot with the brine and spices.

Add the peppers, turn off the heat and cover the pot. Allow to rest for about 10 minutes. This will help the peppers to soften a little bit but leaving them with a nice crunch too. Something Italians refers as al dente.

Peppers boiling in water.

Place a large, clean, kitchen towel on a working surface. Remove the peppers from the water and place them on a single layer on the towel. Then, pat dry them as much as possible with kitchen paper towels.

Pat drying peppers with a kitchen pepper towel.

Fill the jars with the peppers, adding in between some peppercorns, bay leaves and garlic. You can use 4 smalls jars or 2 medium.

A jar half filled with peppers.

Pour in the vinegar, filling completely the jars. Press with a clean spoon the peppers, so they will submerge very well in the vinegar. Use a toothpick to burst the bubbles in the liquid and prevent the peppers from spoiling.

Filling a jar with peppers with vinegar.

Close the lids and place the jars in a dry, cool and dark place for 30 days before consuming.

How To Eat

Italian pickled peppers are eaten in Italy as an antipasto (appetizer). Just imagine a nice, large, antipasto board overflowing with all kind of Italian goodness, such as salami, prosciutto, grilled vegetables, mozzarella, provola , olives, and various pickled veggies like those peppers. Of course, a good crusty artisan bread is a must too.

Besides serving them as an appetizer, those peppers are a wonderful addition to panini (sandwiches), on top of a homemade focaccia or pizza.

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Pickled Italian Peppers

Italian pickled peppers, know by its original name: peperoni sotto aceto, is such a great way to preserve your summer produce.
PREP 20 minutes
COOK 10 minutes
TOTAL 30 minutes
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Servings: 4 jars
Author: Maricruz

Equipment

  • 4 small jars, sterilized.

Ingredients 

  • 2 ½ lb bell peppers, any color you prefer (cut into 3-inch strips)
  • 4 ½ cups vinegar
  • 4 ½ cups water
  • 8 garlic cloves (peeled)
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 Tbsp peppercorns
  • 1 ½ Tbsp coarse salt

Instructions

  • Place half of the vinegar in a medium pot, add the water, salt, garlic cloves, and bay leaves. Mix to dissolve the salt and bring to a boil.
  • Add the peppers, turn off the heat and cover the pot.
  • Allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Place a clean kitchen towel on a working surface. Remove the peppers from the water and place them on a single layer on the towel.
  • Pat dry the peppers as much as possible with kitchen paper towels.
  • Fill your jars with the peppers, adding in between some peppercorns, bay leaves and garlic.
  • Fill the jars with the remaining vinegar and press the peppers with a clean spoon so they will submerge very well in the vinegar.
  • Use a toothpick to burst the bubbles in the liquid and prevent the peppers from spoiling.
  • Close the lids and place the jars in a dry, cool and dark place for 30 days before consuming.
Nutrition
Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2648mg | Potassium: 662mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 8897IU | Vitamin C: 364mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg
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