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Fergese (Albanian Peppers and Tomatoes)

Fergese is a combination of roasted red peppers, tomatoes, onion, feta cheese, and yogurt. Once cooked and combined, it creates a creamy vegetable side dish to accompany bread or meat! It is quick and fairly simple to prepare.
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: albanian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Roasting Peppers: 1 hour
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 5 bell peppers, roasted, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • About 1.5 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 3/4 cup feta cheese
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp basil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil

Instructions

  • If roasting your own red peppers, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lay peppers on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 mins on one side, then flip and bake for 20 mins on the opposite side. Keep baking until the peppers appear withered and the skin is a bit blackened. 
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350
  • Sautee the onion in a small amount of olive oil for about 5 minutes. Set aside. 
  • In a large pan, add chopped tomatoes and bell peppers and simmer for about 10 minutes. Most of the liquid should cook out of the mixture.
  • Mix onions into tomato and pepper mixture, and then set aside to cool.
  • In a separate saucepan, melt the butter. Mix in the flour to form a roux.
  • Stirring continuously, add feta. Continue to cook until the feta has melted and the mixture is very thick. Add the yogurt. 
  • Once the roux is complete, stir it into the vegetable mixture. Season with salt and pepper. 
  • Transfer the mixture into a 9x9 casserole dish and cook for 30 minutes. 

Notes

Recipe adapted from myalbanianfood.com
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