Warm bell peppers with mozzarella and balsamic reduction

One of my favourite salad/ vegetable/ cheese dishes. Roasting bell peppers gives them a nice and sweet flavour, enhanced by the balsamic glaze. Add some fresh basil and toasted almonds for color and crunch.

Ingredients (for two portions):

Two yellow bell peppers
250 grams of mozzarella cheese (two packs usually)
Half a cup (about five tablespoons) of balsamic vinegar
One teaspoon of honey
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Basil leaves
Almonds (or hazelnuts), chopped and toasted


Start by deseeding the bell peppers, removing the stems and cutting it into thin strips. Place some tin foil on a baking sheet and arrange the bell pepper strips on it so they don’t overlap. Drizzle with olive oil. Put the sheet in the oven and roast the peppers at medium temperature, about 180 degrees Celsius (or 350 F). This takes about twenty minutes – they should come out brown around the edges and quite soft.

Meanwhile, prepare the balsamic reduction: Heat the balsamic vinegar in a pan over high heat. Mix in the honey. Keep stirring until the liquid has reduced to about one third. Be careful not to let it reduce too much, otherwise it will turn into caramel and stick to the pan. Season with a pinch of salt. Cut or tear the cheese into pieces. When the peppers are done, arrange them with the cheese on the serving plates. Add the chopped almonds and fresh basil leaves and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with the balsamic reduction and a little olive oil. Enjoy!

  1. Beautiful and delicious!!!

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  3. I like the warm pepper variation… much better than when served cold! Mozzarella is also at another level when served warm. If you can find curd (possibly at a good Italian grocery store), you should try forming your own mozzarella for this salad.

    • luckystaranise

      Oh, would love to try that – actually, curd is widely available here in Germany (if it’s the same thing) – but how do you make the mozzarella?

    • luckystaranise

      thanks! that sounds great. love your blog by the way!!

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