AMV recipes: Thibault’s (Grandpa and Grandma’s) warm salad

All year long, we share our team’s favourite recipes here. A delicious way to meet the AMV members.

Photos: Thibault Ben Ghozi

Thibault Ben Ghozi has worked as an architect on American Vintage sites for a year and a half now. Direct from the brand headquarters in Signes, he shares his family recipe with us.  

“My recipe is a nod to my grandparents, Evelyne and André. Two cooking enthusiasts who loved to invite us over, spoil us and fill up our bellies. We would eat this dish during family meals or when we popped by for a visit. It was THE family food moment, whether it was noon, dinner or snack time (or even right before bed – shout out to my cousin David). We’ve almost all tried to make it at least once, but it never comes out quite as good. My grandparents are the only ones with the well-kept secret behind the recipe!”

Ingredients for 4 people

Red peppers (the number depends on how hungry you are!)
Peeled tomatoes
Sunflower oil (a lot)
Garlic
Sugar
Salt

Preparation

1 — Preheat the oven to 446°F.
2 — Halve the peppers, then remove the seeds and membranes.
3 — Bake the peppers in the oven for about 30 minutes.
4 — Sauté the garlic in a pan.
5 — Add the peeled tomatoes and mash them to make a purée.
6 — Add sugar, salt and plenty of oil. Simmer over low heat without stirring.
7 — Once the peppers are out of the oven, remove their skin (careful, they’re hot).
8 — Add the peppers to the pan.
9 — Simmer over low heat for about two hours (without stirring, to make a slow-cooked confit – the more you wait, the more you’ll enjoy it! The oil will rise to the surface: don’t panic, this is normal).
10 — Transfer everything to a big serving dish and enjoy as a family.

A tip to make this recipe at home? “She’s not always available, but my grandmother’s hands and love are always a big bonus,” concludes Thibault, whose mouth is already watering!

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