PIPERADE* [Master Recipe]

Course : Vegetables
Serves: 12 cups
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1/3 cup olive oil
1 3/4 pounds onions -- peeled, halved, cut
7 pounds peppers -- seeded, trimmed, in
3 medium jalapeno peppers seeded, slivered
1 1/2 teaspoons salt -- or to taste
1 teaspoon black pepper -- Freshly ground (opti

Preparation / Directions:

Heat oil in heavy stock pot (or use 2 large, heavy pots) over high heat. When it is rippling, add onions and saute, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. Add peppers and jalapenos and saute, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup water, cover pot, reduce heat to medium-low, and ``sweat'' the mixture, stirring occasionally, until peppers are just tender, 15 to 25 minutes. Add salt halfway through cooking time. When mixture is cooked, season with more salt, if necessary, and pepper, if des ired. Let mixture stand for 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm or hot, about 1 cup per person, as a side dish. Refrigerate remaining piperade for up to 5 d

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