charred peppers with lemon ricotta & cucumbers

from Bon Appétit.

ingredients

  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 6 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling
  • 4 sweet Italian frying peppers (or Anaheim chiles or shishito peppers)
  • 1½ cups whole-milk ricotta
  • 1 lemon
  • 6 medium Persian cucumbers (about 1 pound), sliced on a deep diagonal
  • 1 cup mint leaves, torn if large

method

  1. Place a rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 350°. Spread out walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast, tossing halfway through, until golden brown, 8–10 minutes. Let cool, then crush into large pieces with a flat-bottomed measuring cup or glass.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high. Cook peppers, shaking pan and turning peppers occasionally, until skins are lightly charred and flesh is tender, 6–8 minutes. Transfer peppers to a cutting board and let cool slightly. If peppers are large, cut in half lengthwise.
  3. Combine ricotta and 2 Tbsp. oil in a small bowl; finely grate zest from lemon over and mix well. Season lemon ricotta with salt. Set lemon aside.
  4. Combine peppers, cucumbers, mint, and half of walnuts in a large bowl. Cut reserved lemon in half and squeeze juice into bowl. Drizzle in 2 Tbsp. oil, season with salt, and toss to coat.
  5. Transfer pepper mixture to a platter along with any juices in the bottom of bowl. Dollop lemon ricotta over and top with remaining walnuts. Drizzle with more oil and season with black pepper.

serves 6-8 as an appetizer or side salad.

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